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The aircraft arrived in the circuit area in the late afternoon. The pilot assessed that the prevailing wind would make it necessary to land into the sun on Strip 29. He overflew the strip and carried out a right hand circuit intending to touch down on the left side of the strip, to allow for the crosswind. After touchdown, the pilot looked out of the left window in an attempt to keep the aircraft aligned with the strip. However, he did not see three half 200 litre steel drums that were located 14 metres in from the left side of the strip and the left mainwheel struck one of these drums. The left maingear folded and the aircraft slewed to the left and became entangled in the perimeter fence before coming to rest. The steel drums encroached on the strip landing area. The pilot was not aware of their location before landing although the drums could be readily seen from circuit altitude. The non-standard circuit pattern, the decision to land on the left side of the strip and the sunglare all contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 07 May 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800  
Location:Wingelinna WA (230km SW of Yulara NT) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 22 August 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-BFN 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Blackstone, 61km SW of Wingellina WA
Departure time:1744
Destination:Wingelinna WA
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