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At about 50 knots during the landing roll, the pilot discovered that the right wheel brake had failed. The aircraft had swerved to the left when both brakes had been applied. With the rudder control ineffective at low speed, the pilot intentionally ground looped the aircraft to avoid running into the perimeter drainage ditch. The right main gear collapsed and the right wing was damaged as a result of the ground loop. Examination of the right brake unit revealed that the master cylinder was corroded internally, allowing brake fluid to bypass the seal.

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General details
Date: 18 November 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 642  
Location:Palm Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 27 June 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-CMW 
Serial number: 185-0678 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Ingham QLD
Departure time:0625
Destination:Palm Island QLD
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