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The aircraft had been parked in a recently opened grass parking bay. Whilst the aircraft was taxiing from the parking area onto a taxiway, the aircraft's left main landing gear wheel sank in soft sand on an unmarked irrigation outlet. The metal plate covering the outlet was not supported on one side. The wheel ran onto the unsupported side of the plate, causing it to flick up and puncture the underside of the wing and fuel tank. Exit routes from the parking area were not marked and the path taken by the pilot was not normally used. Local Safety Action The airport authorities are intending to clearly mark parking area entry and exit routes.
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General details
Date: 14 October 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:15 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Release date: 04 November 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Grob - Burkhart Flugzeugbau 
Aircraft model: G-115C2 
Aircraft registration: VH-ZTN 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot WA
Destination:Jandakot WA
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