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Before landing the pilot reported that brake pressure was available on both brakes. He stated that the aircraft touched down 400 metres after the threshold of the 1000 metre strip and when the brakes were applied no pedal pressure could be obtained. The aircraft overran the strip and collided with a ditch. A small hole had developed in the left brake line due to chaffing action against loosely clamped mounting bracket. No defect could be found with the right hand brake system. By the time the pilot realised that a problem existed with the braking system, he considered that there was insufficient strip remaining to carry out a go around.

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General details
Date: 12 May 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1236  
Location:WMe Mereenie Oil Well 260 km West of Alice springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 29 October 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-TFC 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Alice Springs NT
Departure time:1136
Destination:West Mereenie Oil Well NT
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