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The captain reported that during the landing roll, while decelerating through approximately 40 knots, the nosewheel entered a soft patch on the dirt strip. The aircraft slewed slightly to the right and the nosewheel broke through the rolled crusted surface of the strip. This resulted in the left side of the aircraft being sprayed with large stones, causing damage to the engine, left flap and left wing. The crew (captain and co-pilot) inspected the damage and the captain elected to fly the aircraft back to Essendon for repairs. After arrival at Essendon, it became evident that the damage was more extensive than it appeared when the aircraft was inspected by the crew immediately after the occurrence.
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General details
Date: 19 July 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:30 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 23 October 1996 Occurrence class: Infrastructure 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Incident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 500 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZMD 
Sector: Jet 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Birdsville Qld
Destination:Cordillo Downs SA
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