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The pilot arrived in the area of his destination about sunset but was unable to locate the station airstrip. After a short search he found another strip with some buildings nearby and decided to land to ascertain his location. An aerial inspection of the strip was completed. However, the pilot reports that when the aircraft was on final approach he noticed that what he had assumed was low scrub near the threshold was in fact 10 metres high trees. He adjusted the approach and touched down further down the strip than had been planned. The strip surface was loose and maximum braking could not be applied. The aircraft overran the strip and collided with rocks and a dirt bank which resulted in the left main and nose landing gear legs collapsing. The strip was approximately 800 metres in length.

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General details
Date: 23 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1808  
Location:Melrose, 75 km ENE of Isisford Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 30 October 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 58 
Aircraft registration: VH-JCY 
Serial number: TH-1295 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Haddon Rig NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Isis Downs, 18 km E of Isisford QLD
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