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After flying northward and examining surface mineral characteristics from the air the pilot decided to return to Bandya Homestead where, on circling the 300 feet wide earth strip, he judged the wind to be directly across it and gusting between 10-15 knots. He selected full flap and approached to land, Intending to touch down firstly on the left mainwheel and with the left wing lowered. The aircraft touched down on the left main wheel close to the centre of the strip and the nose wheel and right main wheel then quickly made contact. The aircraft ran straight and parallel to the edge of the strip for 350 feet, with the left wheel intermittently lifting, but it then commenced to veer to the left at an increasing rate. Despite the application of right rudder and the late use of brake the aircraft continued to swing and finally ran off the left hand edge of the strip and the nose wheel struck a low ridge of earth. The nosewheel assembly collapsed and the aircraft came to rest on the main wheels and lower engine cowling.
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General details
Date: 19 January 1970 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1005 WST  
Location   (show map):Bandya Homestead Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 24 June 1970 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-SDP 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Leonora
Departure time:07 03
Destination:Bandya Homestead
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