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Prior to departure, the pilot did not establish that the single runway at Zeehan is 1,715 feet in length or that the distance required for landing in the conditions that existed is 1,575 feet. During the landing approach, the aircraft crossed the runway threshold at a height of at least 100 feet and touched down with less than half the available runway length remaining. The pilot applied brakes and, when the aircraft was about 150 feet from the end of the runway, he applied power and attempted to go-around. The aircraft failed to become airborne and overturned after striking a low earth embankment 22 feet beyond the end of the runway.

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General details
Date: 12 February 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0910 TST  
Location:Zeehan Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 05 September 1969 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-EDE 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
Departure point:Queenstown
Departure time:0845
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