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After landing the aircraft was taxiied along a taxiway to the general aviation parking area. In preparation for a 90 degree turn in the taxiway the pilot moved the aircraft to the right of the taxiway. The nose wheel struck a steel gable marker, which was positioned 500 millimetres off to the the right of the taxiway. As a result of the collision the nose gear collapsed. The pilot was not concentrating sufficiently on the taxiing of the aircraft, which was being operated at a high speed.

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General details
Date: 20 April 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1343  
Location:Darwin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 29 July 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-MAR 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dum-In-Mirrie NT
Departure time:1325
Destination:Darwin NT
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