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The pilot reported that he had difficulty obtaining effective braking during the landing roll, due to a grassed, wet strip surface. He was able to initiate a groundloop near the end of the landing roll but the aircraft drifted sideways off the side of the strip prior to the upwind threshold. Very heavy rain had fallen during the previous night and up until 30 minutes prior to the landing, and there were areas of standing water on the strip. The airstrip was not suitable for the intended operation.

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General details
Date: 07 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/K  
Location:Maer Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 23 November 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 337 
Aircraft registration: VH-DPX 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lockhart River QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Maer Island QLD
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