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After landing, the pilot taxied the aircraft into the vicinity of the parking bay. Nearing the area he mistook a vehicular traffic boundary line (red single line) for a taxiway guidance line (yellow single line). The aircraft collided with the steel weld-mesh boundary fence and the left wingtip was severed by a steel post. Light conditions were poor between rain showers and, with the ground wet, the pilot could not make out the colour of the line he was following. It was his first flight into the newly commissioned airport.

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General details
Date: 24 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1658  
Location:Brisbane Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 09 November 1988  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31 
Aircraft registration: VH-OCG 
Serial number: 31-8152163 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Thangool QLD
Departure time:1530
Destination:Brisbane QLD
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