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The company was tasked to operate into a strip adjoining a local race course. Details of the strip were obtained from a local pilot, who told a company pilot that there was a powerline at the eastern threshold of the strip. This pilot subsequently gave the strip data to the pilot who flew the aircraft. Upon arrival overhead the strip, the pilot saw powerlines off the western end and thought that these were the lines mentioned in the briefing. He then decided to land into the west. On late final approach, he saw the powerlines over the threshold and flew the aircraft under them. The resultant high rate of descent could not be arrested before ground impact and the aircraft struck the ground in a nose low attitude with the nosegear and propellers. The landing gear and propellers were torn off and the aircraft slid for 112 metres before coming to rest. The cabin was protected from high deceleration forces by the collapsing landing gear and the occupants escaped without injury. It was determined that the strip was not suitable in length or width for the operation of this aircraft type, and the briefing obtained on the strip was not adequate to determine the suitability of the strip.

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General details
Date: 02 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1205  
Location:Kumbia (83 km NNW of Oakey) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 06 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 95 
Aircraft registration: VH-AJM 
Serial number: TC-1061 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Roma QLD
Departure time:1112
Destination:Kumbia QLD
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