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The aircraft was being taxied across another runway towards a taxiway. Approaching the edge of the flight strip, the instructor noticed a 20 centimetre deep spoon drain in the path of the aircraft. He took control and attempted to avoid the drain but the nosewheel entered the drain and broke off. The presence of the drain was indicated on a diagram of hazardous taxying areas available to pilots but the area was not marked by cones. The aerodrome was being used, for taxiing purposes, as an all-over field, contrary to approved procedures. The pilot saw the drain obstruction, which was situated just outside the flight strip, too late to take effective avoiding action.

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General details
Date: 18 December 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1436  
Location:Archerfield, QLD. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 26 March 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 77 
Aircraft registration: VH-HBI 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:1436
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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