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The pilot was conducting the return leg of a charter flight, when weather conditions deteriorated about 130 kilometres from the destination. Thunderstorms were evident on either side of track and converging ahead of the aircraft. The pilot elected to return to the DEPARTURE aerodrome, however approaching this strip the weather again deteriorated to the point where flight in visual conditions was not possible. After searching for over an hour to find a clear route to another aerodrome, the pilot elected to land in what appeared to be a suitable paddock. During the landing roll, the nosewheel sank into the soft surface and the nosegear was dislodged. The pilot had only limited experience in operating in the Northern Territory during the wet season, and had probably not received sufficient training and supervision from the aircraft operator.

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General details
Date: 31 January 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1456  
Location:115 km NW Numbulwar Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory  
Release date: 21 April 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-BXL 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Old Arafura NT
Departure time:1456
Destination:Tindal NT
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