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Shortly after take-off, the pilot heard a loud noise and noticed that the luggage locker door was open. A 180 degree turn was carried out for an approach to land. As the aircraft approached the end of the runway the right wing struck the strip and the aircraft slid sideways along the runway. The nose and left landing gear legs collapsed before the aircraft came to rest. On short final, mechanical turbulence had been encountered and a high rate of descent had developed. Although some action to correct this rate of descent was taken, the pilot was unable to avoid a hard landing. No fault could subsequently be found with the luggage door securing mechanism.

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General details
Date: 14 March 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Great Keppel Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Airframe - Other 
Release date: 04 October 1984 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20 
Aircraft registration: VH-MIY 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Great Keppel Island QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Rosewood Island QLD
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