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After take-off and at a height of 80 feet, the pilot noticed that the front baggage compartment door was open. With approximately 2,500 feet of runway remaining he decided to land immediately and, without changing the attitude of the aircraft, closed the throttle. The aircraft sank rapidly and power was not increased until just before the aircraft landed heavily in a level attitude.

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General details
Date: 06 February 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1710 EST  
Location:Rockhampton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 05 September 1969 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-CHT 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rockhampton Aero
Departure time:1710
Destination:Jellingbah Station
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