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Before commencing a fishing expedition, the pilot had determined that a particular section of beach was frequently used by light aircraft. An uneventful landing was made on the beach, and later the pilot made a take-off and circuit of the area before landing on another section of the same beach. The group had no success with their fishing, and the pilot decided to fly to another beach on the opposite side of the bight. During the landing roll, the pilot discovered that the left brake was not operating. The aircraft subsequently ran through a shallow water run, entered an area of soft sand, and overturned. The pilot had no previous experience in operations from beaches, and the operator of the aircraft was not aware that a beach landing was intended. The section selected was not used by other pilots who operated in the area. The reason for the brake failure was not determined, however the left brake unit had a recent history of malfunctions, possibly related to defective seals. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 02 February 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1250 approx  
Location:Cox Bight Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 11 March 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-BAC 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cox Bight TAS
Departure time:1250 approx
Destination:Cox Bight TAS
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