Aviation safety investigations & reports

Piper PA32-300, VH-MAR, Darwin NT, 20 April 1985

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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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    
State: Northern Territory    
Release date: 29 July 1985   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

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