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The pilot was aware that there was an area of soft ground on the strip. The area was marked by a cone marker, which was about 10 metres in from the edge of the strip. The pilot intended to land some 100 metres beyond the cone, however turbulence and strong sink was encountered during the latter stages of the approach. As the aircraft touched down, the tailplane struck the cone marker, which was made of galvanised iron.

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General details
Date: 13 March 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 900  
Location:Musgrave Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 08 April 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-DFW 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Cairns QLD
Departure time:0900
Destination:Musgrave Station QLD
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