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On arrival overhead at the destination aerodrome, the pilot elected to land into a strong headwind on the grass strip. The nose landing gear failed when the nose wheel dug into the grass surface during the application of heavy braking, and the aircraft overturned. Investigation revealed that the approach speed had been higher than optimum for the weight, and skid marks on the strip indicated that a series of heavy brake applications had been made during the landing roll. The nose landing gear was inspected, and it was found to have fractured in torsional overload. It is considered that the combined effects of the aircraft not being flown at the optimum approach speed, the heavy application of brakes on a grass strip and the failure of the pilot to adequately compensate for the resultant pitch down of the nose contributed to the accident.

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General details
Date: 05 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1306  
Location:Kempsey Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 04 January 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-FPD 
Serial number: 18266547 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Brisbane Qld
Departure time:1100 (approx)
Destination:Kempsey NSW
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