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The aircraft touched down 385 metres into the 675 metre long paddock. The pilot reported that he applied the brakes but that they were ineffective. He decided that insufficient area remained for a successful go-around to be carried out and attempted to steer the aircraft through a gate. The right wing struck the gate and the aircraft turned through 190 degrees before coming to rest. The brakes were checked and found to be serviceable. The pilot stated that after touchdown he held the nosewheel on the ground and did not retract the flap. This would have had the effect of reducing the weight on the mainwheels and could have contributed to the reported brake ineffectiveness. The landing technique used by the pilot on this occasion was contrary to the technique recommended in the Pilot's/Owner's Handbook.

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General details
Date: 12 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1745  
Location:"Springvale Station" Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 14 March 1988 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-ETT 
Serial number: AA5-0282 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Springvale SA
Departure time:1730
Destination:Springvale SA
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