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The pilot was approaching to land on an undulating 586 metre strip. A tow rope was connected to the aircraft, as the pilot intended to tow launch a glider from the strip. He aimed to touchdown well into the strip so that the trailing tow rope would not foul the strip boundary fence. The aircaft floated longer than the pilot expected and touched down at the commencement of the uphill sloping section of the strip. In an effort to stop the aircraft before reaching the glider parked at the end of the strip, the pilot applied braking before the tailwheel had settled on the ground. The aircraft subsequently nosed over and came to rest inverted on the strip. The pilot did not attempt to go-around, as he was concerned that the tow rope might foul a fence during the climb out. He had overlooked the tow rope quick release facility available to him. Neither the pilot nor the operator had ensured that the strip was suitable for the proposed operation.

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General details
Date: 22 August 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1636 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Loch View (15 km SW Boonah)  
State: Queensland  
Release date: 18 September 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bellanca Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 8 
Aircraft registration: VH-SUT 
Serial number: 340-80 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Boonah QLD
Departure time:1630
Destination:Loch View QLD
 
 
 
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