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The pilot was attempting a short field landing. When he flared the aircraft it landed heavily before the threshold on a rocky outcrop. The right maingear and tailwheel tyres deflated and the aircraft veered to the right and ran over a windrow, damaging the tailwheel assembly, horizontal stabilizer and elevator. The pilot had limited experience on the aircraft type and the approach was conducted in conditions of gusting wind and thermal turbulence. He had been taught to fly a short field approach with the stall warning horn continuously sounding. The approach was flown in this manner and the pilot could not recall the indicated airspeed during the approach.

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General details
Date: 04 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1015  
Location:Rudall River, 93km South of Telfer Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia  
Release date: 12 June 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 185 
Aircraft registration: VH-KPF 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Rudall River WA
Departure time:1015
Destination:Rudall River WA
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