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The pilot had not been to Ashton before, but had been given comprehensive information regarding the strip location. During the flight he experienced communications problems due to poor HF radio conditions. Shortly before his estimated arrival time, the pilot saw a strip in the kind of surroundings he expected for Ashton. He made an inspection of the strip and was satisfied that it was suitable. He was still having communications difficulties, and this diverted his attention to some extent. During the landing roll the left main wheel struck a log concealed in grass which was longer than the pilot had expected. He later learned that the strip, which was some 10 kilometres from his intended destination, was not in current use. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 955  
Location:Ewan Plains (85 km SE of Hughenden) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 23 March 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-BDG 
Serial number: 32-7740092 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Emerald QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Ashton Property (75 km SE of Hughenden) QLD
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