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During the landing roll the aircraft suddenly veered to the left. The pilot took corrective action but the nose gear collapsed and the nose section of the aircraft struck the strip surface. Although the strip was in regular use it was not being inspected. It was constructed on a dry lake-bed and the combination of no rain and regular use caused a soft patch to develop about 430 metres from the threshold. When the aircraft entered this area the nosewheel progressively turned left until it reached the stop. The sideload now imposed was too great and caused the noseleg bearing to fail.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 733  
Location:Lake Coonamooranie (55 km NW of Moomba) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 14 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 404 
Aircraft registration: VH-LAD 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Adelaide SA
Departure time:0733
Destination:Lake Coonamooranie SA
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