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Prior to the flight the pilot had contacted the owners to obtain details of the strip. This briefing apparently did not include the information that the surface of the strip was undulating and had soft sandy areas. After arriving over the destination the pilot flew along the strip a number of times to check the surface. The wind was calm and he elected to land down the slope. The aircraft bounced and floated along the strip before touching down again. During the landing roll, the nosegear leg failed. The pilot was holding the control column in the neutral position during the landing roll. An aircraft engineer who inspected the aircraft found no evidence of any pre-existing fault in the nosegear leg. This accident was not the subject of a formal on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 14 September 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 855  
Location:Orchid Beach, Fraser Is Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 October 1989  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-BLM 
Serial number: 32-7240006 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bundaberg QLD
Departure time:0720
Destination:Orchid Beach QLD
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