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The pilot stated that when braking was applied after touchdown, the aircraft did not decelerate normally. A go around was carried out, and after the aircraft became airborne, the nosewheel struck a fence. As a result the nosewheel became misaligned and the nose gear collapsed during the subsequent landing at Townsville. Upon arrival the pilot had to orbit for 5 minutes to allow a rain squall to pass. Without overflying the strip he assessed that the wind favoured a landing direction which placed him presently in a wide base position. Due to standing water on the grass strip and a tailwind component, deceleration was minimal. By the time a go around was initiated the aircraft had entered an area of long grass. The flaps were left in the landing position during the go around, this further increased drag and added substantially to the ground run.

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General details
Date: 20 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 820  
Location:Palm Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 14 May 1985  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-23 
Aircraft registration: VH-JEN 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Townsville QLD
Departure time:0820
Destination:Palm Island QLD
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