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The pilot misjudged the height of the aircraft above the ground when he initiated the landing flare. Touchdown occurred at a high rate of descent and the left gear collapsed. The pilot was inexperienced. During the day he had flown for almost 8 hours in Northern Australian summer conditions. Metal fatigue in the left gear oleo casting had reduced its capacity to withstand side load stress.

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General details
Date: 25 December 1983 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1744  
Location:Brampton Is. Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 05 March 1985 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-UAM 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Charters Towers QLD
Departure time:1602
Destination:Brampton Is. QLD
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