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The pilot had not been authorised to conduct the flight and had never previously operated into the strip. He had arranged to accompany another pilot to the destination but when that pilot was unable to make the flight he decided to fly the aircraft himself. He stated that he was apprenhesive about high ground on the approach and the aircraft touched down well into the 1400 metre strip. After commencing heavy braking a late decision was made to carry out a go-around. During the attempted go-around the aircraft crossed a deep gully, off the end of the strip, and the rear fuselage struck a dirt bank. The impact caused the nosewheel to strike the ground heavily and the nosegear strut collapsed. The aircraft skidded across a paddock striking several fence posts and a fence before coming to rest on a road, 208 metres beyond the end of the strip.

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General details
Date: 08 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1710  
Location:Kooralbyn Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 27 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-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PZK 
Serial number: 28-7816203 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:1650
Destination:Kooralbyn QLD
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