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When the pilot arrived at his destination it was after last light and there was no strip lighting available. The pilot nevertheless decided to land, and although he believed he had aligned the aircraft with the strip correctly, it was in fact lined-up to the left of the strip. After touchdown the aircraft ran through a washout and the nosegear and left maingear collapsed. The pilot had been aware when he commenced the flight that he would be unable to reach his destination before last light. He had been reluctant to land at an alternate aerodrome, because he had been wearing old clothes and had no money or credit cards with him.

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General details
Date: 20 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1616  
Location:Eleura Downs Station (30km East of Trundle) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Depart/app/land wrong runway 
Release date: 05 August 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34 
Aircraft registration: VH-SEN 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:1616
Destination:Eleura Downs Station NSW
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