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As the aircraft was being taxied for take-off, the nosewheel struck a small termite mound. The nosegear was broken off and the aircraft came to rest on the lower engine cowl. The strip was normally slashed every two weeks, a process which cut the grass and removed termite mounds. Because of recent dry weather which had inhibited grass growth, slashing had not been done for 4-5 weeks, and small termite mounds had built up. Several of these mounds were not noticed during the pre-flight strip inspection. The low colour contrast between the mounds and the strip surface, and the sun angle at the time, made the mounds difficult to see.

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General details
Date: 19 December 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:2km East of Miles Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 19 March 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-TSA 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:2km East of Miles QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:2km East of Miles QLD
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