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After joining the circuit, the pilot noticed some cattle standing at the side of the strip. So as to avoid them should they suddenly decide to run onto the strip during the landing, he decided to carry out a short field landing. When the aircraft was about 15 feet above the ground on final approach, the pilot reported that it entered a rapid sink. He flared the aircraft and it landed prior to the threshold. During the landing roll the nosegear was torn off after it struck a drum that was being used as a strip threshold marker. There was a 200 metre high escarpment situated about 1.5 kilometres from the end of the strip. Although the strip could have been used for two way operations, the pilot stated that he did not apply power when the sink rate developed because he believed that he would not be able to carry out a go-around because of the position of the escarpment.

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General details
Date: 14 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1020  
Location:Bradshaw Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 24 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-WTR 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tindal NT
Departure time:1020
Destination:Bradshaw Station NT
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