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The pilot was landing on a property strip in gusty crosswind conditions. Directional control was lost during the landing roll and the pilot was unable to prevent the aircraft from running off the side of the strip. As he attempted to taxi the aircraft back onto the strip the nosewheel entered an area of soft sand and subsequently collapsed. The particular strip in use was only 20 metres wide, and consequently did not meet the requirements for an Authorised Landing Area. The strength of the crosswind component could not be determined.

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General details
Date: 03 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330 Approx  
Location:"Glen Avon" (11 km N Balranald) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 14 April 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-POW 
Serial number: 32-40062 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mildura NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:"Glen Avon" NSW
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