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The pilot had been unable to obtain details of the strip before his departure for the area. On arrival he conducted an inspection of the strip from 500 feet. He noticed that there was no windsock and that a power line had been installed across the northern end since his previous visit. He also noted that the strip changed colour along its length and that vehicles had been driving along it. After this inspection he conducted a landing from the south. On touchdown he saw a bank where the traffic path entered the strip. As it was then too late to initiate a go-around the pilot tried to avoid the bank. This was not successful and the nosegear leg was broken off on colliding with the bank which was about 1.5 metres high. It was determined that the landing area had been de-commissioned about a year earlier.

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General details
Date: 12 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1145  
Location:Goonyella Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 24 January 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 35 
Aircraft registration: VH-ILJ 
Serial number: D-9025 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moranbah QLD
Departure time:1135
Destination:Goonyella QLD
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