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The pilot flew to Cervantes on the day prior to the accident to visit some friends. However, upon hearing reports of acts of vandalism at Cervantes airstrip, he inspected several areas on the farm as possible landing sites with the intention of repositioning the aircraft. The next day the aircraft was flown to the farm, where after an airborne inspection the pilot chose the second of two possible landing sites. The aircraft subsequently overshot the intended touchdown point. During the hold off over rising ground, the nose of the aircraft dropped and the aircraft impacted the ground heavily on the nosewheel. The aircraft pitched forward and came to rest inverted. The landing area was unsuitable because of the steeply undulating surface.

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General details
Date: 27 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1135 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:11 km ESE Cervantes Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Western Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 22 February 1988 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: Minor 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-RVN 
Serial number: 28-20892 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cervantes WA
Departure time:1105
Destination:11 km ESE Cervantes WA
 
 
 
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