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Summary

After returning from the local training area, the pilot joined the circuit for a landing. He stated that he flared high, added some power whilst allowing the aircraft to descend, then reduced power again. The aircraft contacted the runway heavily in a slightly nose down attitude. The firewall, lower fuselage skin and control tunnel were all deformed, causing control difficulties during the subsequent taxying. Following the high flare the pilot failed to adequately arrest the sink-rate. Skid marks on the runway in the vicinity of the touchdown, and a substantial single bald patch on the right tyre indicated that the right brake was probably applied at touchdown.

 
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