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The student had been practicing circuits with touch and go landings for about 75 minutes. An approach was then made for a full-stop landing. The aircraft was flared too high, and it subsequently touched down heavily and bounced. The instructor took control and landed the aircraft, but the left wing lowered until it touched the ground. After vacating the aircraft, the crew discovered that the left maingear torque bolt had failed, allowing the wheel and oleo assembly to fall clear of the strut during the bounce. The landings had been conducted in crosswind conditions, and at the time of the last approach the wind strength had increased. The aircraft had touched down heavily while drifting under the effect of the crosswind, and the resulting loads had caused the torque bolt to fail. It was likely that the pilot's performance had been affected by the onset of fatigue, as a result of the lengthy training period under difficult operating conditions.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1312  
Location:Moorabbin Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 12 May 1987 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-FIC 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:1312
Destination:Moorabbin VIC
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