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The pilot reported that, on a ferry flight back to Hyden from Northam, following a .37 periodic maintenance inspection, he encountered fog ahead along track. As a precautinary measure, the pilot decided to land in a paddock to wait for the fog to clear. He made several passes over the paddock to ensure it was suitable before attempting to land. As the aircraft touched down, the right main wheel struck a rock, hidden in grass, causing the right oleo to collapse from overload.
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General details
Date: 22 August 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:20 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Forced/precautionary landing 
Release date: 11 November 1997  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Airparts NZ Ltd 
Aircraft model: FU-24/A4 
Aircraft registration: VH-BBM 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Northam WA
Destination:Hyden WA
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