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Shortly after touchdown the nosewheel struck a 20 centimetre high anthill. The downlock latch on the nosegear was broken and when the nosewheel entered a slight depression, some 145 metres further along the ground roll, the nosegear collapsed. The pilot had overflown the strip during the approach. However, due to the height of the grass on the strip the anthill would have been difficult to sight from the air.

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General details
Date: 18 March 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0920 approx  
Location:Herberton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 29 May 1987  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-44 
Aircraft registration: VH-KHG 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Innisfail QLD
Departure time:0920 approx
Destination:Herberton QLD
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