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The pilot was flying to the island, as he had done on previous occasions over the years. The strip did not have a wind sock but the pilot estimated the wind from looking at the water and made an approach to land uphill with a tail wind component. Touch down was made about half way along the strip and as the aircraft slowed the left wheel struck a strip marker tyre concealed by long grass. The left main gear leg collapsed as a result of the impact.

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General details
Date: 10 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1045  
Location:Passage Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania  
Release date: 27 March 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-KTC 
Serial number: 32R-7885125 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Essendon, Vic
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Passage Island, Tas
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