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On arrival at the destination, the pilot discovered that the wind direction indicator was missing. He assumed the wind would be the same as at the DEPARTURE strip, only 17 kilometres away. Because of concern about turbulence and windshear, the pilot elected to fly a faster than normal approach. The aircraft touched down about 150 metres into the 510 metre strip. The grass surface was wet, and the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft running off the end of the strip, where it collided with bushes. The pilot was probably fatigued after a 5 1/2 hour hike earlier in the day. His judgement of distance to run, during the landing roll, was impaired by rain on the windshield. Also, with the imminent approach of poor weather, the pilot elected not to go around when he realized that he might run off the strip. It is likely that the landing attempt was made in light downwind conditions. The strip was not approved for use by the aircraft operator, and the pilot had not requested approval to use it. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 January 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1803  
Location:West Sister Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 07 June 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WYJ 
Serial number: 17266471 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Killiecrankie TAS
Departure time:1757
Destination:West Sister Island TAS
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