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The pilots DEPARTURE from Shute Harbour aerodrome had been delayed and he was running late for his arrival at Hayman Island. During the short flight he noticed that the cruising indicated airspeed was slightly less than normal, but attributed this to the possibility of water in the pitot system, a problem that he had encountered the previous day in another aircraft. On touchdown for the water landing, the pilot realised that the wheels were still extended. He attempted to prevent the floats digging in but the left wing struck the water before the aircraft came to rest.

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General details
Date: 13 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 655  
Location:Hayman Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wheels up landing 
Release date: 24 August 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: de Havilland Canada 
Aircraft model: DHC-2 
Aircraft registration: VH-HQE 
Serial number: 298 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Shute Harbour QLD
Departure time:0655
Destination:Hayman Island QLD
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