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At the completion of one leg of the flight, the passengers disembarked and the pilot prepared to ferry the aircraft to another aerodrome in preparation for the next day's flying. The strip in use was constructed of crushed limestone laid on black soil. The pilot taxied onto the black soil at one end of the strip as he prepared to carry out a 180 degree turn to line up for take-off. The nosegear entered a hole about 150 millimetres deep, and collapsed. The area where the nosegear collapsed had been affected by washouts, and had gradually become filled with soft silt. There was no indication to the pilot that the area was unsuitable. The owner of the property had no flying experience and was probably unaware that the condition of the strip surrounds had deteriorated.

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General details
Date: 30 May 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Copperfield (48 km NE Moree) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 30 July 1986  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-NSK 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Copperfield NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Moree NSW
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