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The aircraft owner was flying the aircraft under the supervision of the pilot-in-command. A landing was made on the grass to the south of the gravel strip. After a small bounce on initial touchdown, the aircraft landed firmly and the right wheel penetrated the ground to a depth of about 5 cm. The aircraft tipped forward, the propeller struck the ground and the aircraft overturned. The aircraft owner had elected to land on the grass adjacent to the gravel strip in order to prevent possible stone damage to the aircraft paintwork.

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General details
Date: 28 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1806  
Location:Darwin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 10 September 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-ISB 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kununurra WA
Departure time:1606
Destination:Darwin NT
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