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The aircraft was being taxied on a confined apron when it collided with a concrete tie-down block. Earlier in the morning another aircraft was parked on the apron and tied to the block. That aircraft was subsequently moved into an adjacent hangar by aircraft maintenance personnel, but they neglected to remove the tie-down block. The pilot reported that he did not notice the tie-down block, which was similiarly coloured to the apron surface. His attention was apparently diverted to maintaining wingtip clearance from five other aircraft parked around the perimeter of the apron.

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General details
Date: 21 May 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 945  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 16 November 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-24 
Aircraft registration: VH-ADD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Bombala, NSW
Departure time:745
Destination:Bankstown, NSW
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