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The pilot had obtained a briefing on the strip at the intended destination and was aware that it was in good condition. On arrival a normal circuit was flown and on short final approach the pilot noticed bushes on the strip. He prepared to go around but before this could be effected the nose and left main wheels struck anthills which were obscured by the bushes. The left gear leg was detached and the aircraft ground-looped. The pilot made a navigation error and had made an approach to a disused strip 13 km from the intended destination. The strip had appeared serviceable when viewed from circuit height, but the pilot had not checked the orientation of the strip, which was 20 degrees different from that at the intended destination.

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General details
Date: 14 February 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 555  
Location:Chum Plains, 150 km SW of Charleville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 11 April 1984  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Partenavia Costruzioni Aeronautiche S.p.A 
Aircraft model: P.68 
Aircraft registration: VH-UUG 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Charleville QLD
Departure time:0555
Destination:Cowley (13 km NNW of Chum Plains) QLD
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