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The ATSB is investigating a controlled flight into terrain involving a Piper PA-31, VH-JQS, at Barwon Heads/Geelong (ALA), Victoria, on 29 March 2017.

On final approach, the pilot of a Piper PA-31 reported encountering windshear and becoming low on the approach. The aircraft struck a truck travelling on a road outside the aerodrome. The pilot conducted a missed approach and subsequently made an uneventful landing. The aircraft sustained minor damage to the left main landing gear.

As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and gather further information.

A report will be released within several months.

General details
Date: 29 March 2017 Investigation status: Active 
Time: 10:15 ESuT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location   (show map):Barwon Heads/Geelong (ALA) Occurrence type:CFIT 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
 Occurrence category: Serious Incident 
Report status: Pending Highest injury level: None 
Expected completion: August 2017  
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-31-350 
Aircraft registration: VH-JQS 
Serial number: 31-7552095 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Minor 
Departure point:Moorabbin, Vic.
Destination:Barwon Heads, Vic.
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Last update 01 August 2017