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As the aircraft touched down, the pilot felt the left maingear leg give way. He applied power, but the aircraft did not climb away and the pilot was unable to maintain directional control. To avoid colliding with trees outside the airfield boundary the pilot closed the throttle and landed the aircraft. The left maingear leg collapsed and the right wing was damaged when it struck a small bush. An inspection of the landing gear revealed that the aircraft had suffered a heavy landing. It was also found that the nut on the gear upper retaining bolt had been stripped. This nut was not the type specified by the Glasair Construction Manual.

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General details
Date: 01 February 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1650  
Location:Northam Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 13 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Stoddard-Hamilton Aircraft Inc 
Aircraft model: Glasair II 
Aircraft registration: VH-HRG 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Northam WA
Departure time:1650
Destination:Northam WA
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