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The pilot flew the aircraft with an instructor on the day before the accident flight. The instructor said that the pilot had not flown recently, and the pilot had not previously flown a Beechcraft Debonair. The next day the pilot proceeded to Caloundra with two passengers as planned. Witnesses at Caloundra airport saw the aircraft approaching to land. The aircraft was very high over the runway, and when it was obvious a landing could not be accomplished, the pilot carried out a go-around. The aircraft was seen making a second approach which was also very high, but not as high as the first. The pilot continued the approach, and the aircraft was seen to flare high and fast. The aircraft then landed nosewheel first and "wheelbarrowed"along the runway. The witnesses said it appeared that the engine had not been throttled back, as the aircraft did not slow down until it ran off the end of the runway into soft ground causing the nosegear to collapse. The pilot was contacted and said that he had submitted a report, however, no report has been received. A check with the operator and the insurance loss assessor revealed that they had not received a report.
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General details
Date: 04 November 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:15 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 26 August 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 35-B33 
Aircraft registration: VH-UPR 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Coolangatta QLD
Destination:Caloundra QLD
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