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The pilot decided to land on the shorter of two strips, using a short field technique. Touchdown was made 75 metres into the 470 metre strip, but the pilot was undecided whether to apply maximum braking or to initiate a go-around. Full power was applied and the aircraft became airborne for a short time before touching down in rough terrain. It came to rest with both main gears collapsed, 282 metres beyond the end of the strip. The pilot had not obtained data on the strip and therefore had not checked the landing performance chart which would have indicated that the strip was too short for the aircraft weight and prevailing conditions.

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General details
Date: 06 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1800  
Location:Innamincka Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 15 December 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-MQW 
Serial number: 492 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Birdsville QLD
Departure time:1640
Destination:Innamincka SA
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