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The aircraft initially touched down about halfway along the strip, became airborne again, then touched down 50 metres before the end of the strip. The pilot applied power to go-around. However after reassessing the situation he closed the throttle and attempted to steer the aircraft through a gate. The nose wheel dug into the ground and the aircraft tilted forward onto the propeller and left wing. The propeller spinner struck the gate and the aircraft stopped. The approach had been conducted in conditions of reduced visibility as a result of cloud cover and impending last light. The pilot had misjudged the approach and had used a higher than normal airspeed. The lack of visual cues evidently caused the pilot to delay initiating a go-around while such a manoeuvre could still have been safely accomplished.

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General details
Date: 04 May 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1745  
Location:4 km South of Meredith Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 07 August 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-PQT 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Meredith VIC
Departure time:1730 (Aprx)
Destination:Meredith VIC
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