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During the pre-landing checks, the pilot noted that no pressure was available from the left brake pedal. The strip has a slight slope, and the pilot elected to land up the slope in light quartering tailwind conditions. The aircraft bounced twice after touchdown and the pilot commenced a go around. The aircraft veered off the strip and collided with several trees before coming to rest 50 metres from the centre of the strip. The left brake had lost pressure because a worn seal had allowed air into the brake line. The pilot advised that the brake problem did not affect the selection of landing direction. It was considered that directional control was lost during the attempted go around, when the aircraft was affected by a wind gust at a critical stage of the flight.

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General details
Date: 29 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1515  
Location:Medlow Bath Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 16 April 1986 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-MYD 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Medlow Bath NSW
Departure time:1515
Destination:Medlow Bath NSW
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