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The pilot, who had recently purchased the aircraft, had arranged to fly it from an adjacent property to a strip he had had prepared on his property. Just after touchdown, the left wheel broke away from the aircraft and the aircraft veered left and ran off the the strip. The strip on the pilot's property was 285 metres in length and 20 metres wide and the surface covered in soft, fine soil. It is probable that the failure that resulted in the wheel being dislodged was caused by the wheel being retarded in the soft soil.

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General details
Date: 09 March 1980 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1445  
Location:8 km North-east of Loxton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 14 October 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 23 
Aircraft registration: VH-CDF 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Strip 2.5 km from
Departure time:1440 Destination
Destination:8 km North-east of Loxton SA
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