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Well before the flight was due to depart, the company agent at Mabuiag Island endeavoured to warn the operator that the strip was wet and unsuitable for operations. This attempt to communicate failed due to a local fault in the Telecom system. The pilot was aware of a previous recent accident where a pilot landed short of the runway lip. When he arrived, he assessed the strip as suitable and landed well into the strip. By the time that he discovered that the strip was slippery, it was too late to go around. When it became obvious that he could not stop within the confines of the strip by using normal braking, he attempted a ground loop. The aircraft slid sideways off the end of the strip onto a beach.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1340  
Location:Mabuiag Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 29 June 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd 
Aircraft model: BN2 
Aircraft registration: VH-FCJ 
Serial number: 448 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Horn Island QLD
Departure time:1320
Destination:Mabuiag Island QLD
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