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The pilot of the Piper Arrow reported that his approach to runway 23 at Coonamble, in a gusting 12 knot crosswind, was high and fast. The aircraft initially touched down on the nosewheel and veered off the runway before he could regain directional control. However, he was unable to prevent the aircraft running into a ditch, resulting in the nose landing gear collapsing, and the propeller striking the ground. The pilot was uninjured in the accident.
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General details
Date: 23 February 1998 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 9:15 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 06 March 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28R-200 
Aircraft registration: VH-DWT 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dubbo NSW
Destination:Coonamble NSW
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Last update 28 October 2014