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The purpose of the flight was to despatch 60kg of Buffle seed and 50kg of Sorghum seed. When the aircraft returned to the strip, a light NE wind was blowing, favouring a landing on strip 07. The pilot intending to avoid a slightly damp area at the Eastern end of the strip, decided to land the aircraft at the threshold. The aircraft touched down several metres short of the threshold and the right maingear was torn out when the wheel struck a low windrow. The aircraft continued for some 260 metres along the 1000 metre strip and came to rest to the right of the strip close to a bordering spoon drain. The pilot in his endeavour to land at the threshold misjudged the touchdown point and struck rough ground short of his aiming point.

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General details
Date: 23 December 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1120  
Location:Authorised Landing Area (ALA), 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 09 March 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-PRE 
Serial number: 32-40400 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:ALA 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome QLD
Departure time:1045
Destination:ALA 6km WNW of Emerald Aerodrome QLD
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