On 30 November 2011, a Cessna 210L aircraft, registered VH-SKQ, departed Derby for Kalumburu, Western Australia, on a passenger charter flight. There was one pilot and six passengers (including an infant) onboard.
On landing, the aircraft touched down about 400 m from the landing threshold. The pilot attempted to slow the aircraft using brakes, however there was no brake pressure available.
The aircraft ran off the end of the runway at about 40 kts, colliding with some large rocks. The aircraft was seriously damaged, however there were no injuries to the passengers or the pilot.
The pilot stated that the normal approach procedure was to check the brake pressure prior to lowering the landing gear during the descent, however this step was missed during the pre-landing checks. If a brake fault had been detected prior to touchdown, the pilot would have had more time to consider the options available.
It is important for operators, training organisations and individuals to consider scenarios like this one as training scenarios, so pilots can formulate a plan prior to an actual event occurring. The pilot had not received any training for a brake failure.