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Upon arrival at Mitta Mitta the pilot performed a touch and go on the 1000 metre long gravel strip, before approaching for the full-stop landing. After touchdown, the aircraft veered to the right but was repositioned on the centreline within a short distance. However, it again veered to the right and departed the hard packed gravel surface of the strip and entered an area of long, damp grass. The pilot was unable to control the direction of travel and the aircraft encountered a drainage ditch, an earth mound and a fence before coming to rest with its noseleg collapsed. No fault was found with the aircraft systems that may have contributed to the accident. The pilot had not flown the aircraft for 18 months and it is probable that the veer was caused by differential braking in combination with the damp, slippery grass on the sides of the strip. Weather conditions were fine and calm and were not considered a factor.

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General details
Date: 12 September 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 930  
Location:3 km NW of Mitta Mitta Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 02 November 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 35 
Aircraft registration: VH-ILY 
Serial number: D-9132 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Albury NSW
Departure time:0930
Destination:Mitta Mitta VIC
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