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Shortly before the aircraft landed a tractor had finished slashing the strip. The driver had not noticed any soft areas, and the strip appeared to be of a uniform colour. As the aircraft decelerated to about 20 knots during the landing roll, the nosewheel suddenly broke through the strip surface and sank to a depth of some 30 cm. Shortly afterwards the wheel snapped off near the bottom of the strut, which then folded rearwards and the aircraft skidded to a halt on its nose. The strip was in regular use, however this had been the first landing since isolated heavy rain had fallen over the area two days previously. It was probable that the rain had affected a small section of the strip, but not to the extent where the soft patch was detectable by aerial or ground inspection.

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General details
Date: 13 November 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1025 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Hunthawang, 26 km NE Hillston  
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 28 January 1986 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-MLC 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Narrandera NSW
Departure time:1025
Destination:Hunthawang NSW
 
 
 
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