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The aircraft was crossing the threshold, about 300 metres behind an Iroquois helicopter, when the right wing dropped. The nose also dropped and the nosewheel contacted the runway heavily and was broken off. The aircraft slid along the runway for some 200 metres on its nose before coming to rest. The aircraft evidently encountered the wake turbulence created by the helicopter.

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General details
Date: 19 March 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 820  
Location:Schofields Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 14 May 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-23 
Aircraft registration: VH-DBF 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Camden NSW
Departure time:0820
Destination:Schofields NSW
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