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During the take-off run, as power was being increased, the nose wheel broke through the runway surface and the nosegear leg collapsed. The central area of sections of the runway had previously been filled with coarse river gravel. This fill had then been overlaid with finer material and bonded with an oily fluid. When the aircraft broke through the top crust, the wheels sank readily into the gravel and the nose leg was torn from the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1155  
Location:Kowanyama Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 13 December 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 404 
Aircraft registration: VH-SBG 
Serial number: 404-0095 
Type of operation: Air Transport Low Capacity 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kowanyama QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Normanton QLD
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