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The operator was asked to pick up some fishermen by another operator who was unable to conduct the charter. A strip was marked out on a salt flat by the passengers, who were primarily attempting to find an area of sufficient length. When the pilot landed he intended to stop the aircraft as soon as possible then inspect the strip on foot prior to take-off. On touchdown he immediately realised that the surface was soft but had insufficient speed to contemplate a go-around. The aircraft came to rest in about 30 m. The nosegear casting had bent allowing the nosewheel to turn through 90 degrees. The passengers had never marked out a strip before, nor had they been told what criteria a strip must meet.
General details
Date: 18 October 1993 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 18:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 28 June 1994 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: A36 
Aircraft registration: VH-FCT 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Burketown QLD
Destination:Massacre Inlet QLD
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