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Prior to departure for a dual instructional navigation exercise, the instructor pilot obtained a weather briefing which, although indicating marginal Visual Meteorological Conditions, he considered suitable for the exercise. In the initial stages of the flight the weather was better than expected and conditions ahead appeared to present no significant problem. Later in the flight the weather deteriorated rapidly with patches of low cloud developing. As a result, the pilot decided to carry out a landing on a dirt road which appeared suitable from the air. The approach and landing were normal until, late in the landing roll, the aircraft collided with a partly open gate which the pilot had not seen prior to landing.

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General details
Date: 05 January 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1650  
Location   (show map):Bayswater Power Station Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 09 May 1991  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-DDH 
Serial number: 28-7615433 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tamworth NSW
Departure time:1515
Destination:Cessnock NSW
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