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The pilot reported that on final approach, he noticed that the runway surface appeared uneven and unsuitable for landing, so he conducted an overshoot. During this manoeuvre, the left main gear struck the ground or an object. The pilot retracted the landing gear and diverted to Horn Island. The left main gear collapsed on landing. The runway at Badu Island had been closed for maintenance. The strip and windsock were appropriately marked. Badu Island airstrip is not a licenced aerodrome and as such a NOTAM regarding works in progress was not issued. The local council reported that it notified the regular operators who serviced the island. However, the operator involved in this occurrence was not aware that the strip was closed.
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General details
Date: 02 November 1994 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:41 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Navigation - Other 
Release date: 15 February 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 310R 
Aircraft registration: VH-JOF 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Boigu Island QLD
Destination:Badu Island QLD
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