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The pilot inspected the strip from the air and elected to land towards the west because of high ground and obstacles on the opposite approach. The aircraft bounced on landing and then floated for some distance before braking could be applied. The pilot remained confident adequate strip remained to stop the aircraft. There was, however, a slight hump in the strip and as the aircraft reached it the pilot saw a fence about 100 metres ahead. He applied heavy braking which had little effect on the loose surface. To avoid the fence, the pilot attempted to groundloop the aircraft. The left main landing gear leg entered a small ditch and was torn from the aircraft. On exiting the aircraft, the pilot noted that he had landed with a tailwind of about 5 knots.

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General details
Date: 22 June 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1235 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Apis Creek (83km N Rockhampton) Occurrence type:Loss of control 
State: Queensland Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 01 August 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-BMT 
Serial number: TH-623 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rockhampton QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Apis Ck QLD
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