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The pilot had landed the aircraft and was decelerating on the runway when an object was seen in the grass directly ahead. Avoiding action was not possible and the left mainwheel hit the object, which was later identified as an old runway marker. The marker was thrown up and hit the tailplane, causing damage of the left horizontal stabiliser. The marker was partly rusty and was obscured from observation because of the long grass and the camouflaging effect of the surrounding colours. The pilot elected to test fly the aircraft and then return to home base without first consulting an engineer.
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General details
Date: 08 May 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 14:30 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 30 August 1993 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210L 
Aircraft registration: VH-MHC 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kalumburu WA
Destination:Home Valley Station WA
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