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The pilot reported that gusty and turbulent conditions existed as he made his landing approach. During the flare the aircraft ballooned to about 10 feet, and after the subsequent touchdown the aircraft veered to the left before coming to rest on its nose and left wing tip. The pilot had only limited experience in tailwheel type aircraft. At the time of the accident the wind was gusty, with the crosswind component fluctuating around the maximum for the aircraft type. It was likely that the aircraft was affected by a strong gust during the flare, and the pilot was subsequently unable to maintain directional control.

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General details
Date: 12 October 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1200  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 29 April 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bellanca Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 7 
Aircraft registration: VH-SLO 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mittagong NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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