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The pilot had held a Private Pilot Licence which had expired about six months prior to the accident. A witness reported that after the aircraft touched down it bounced about three times before landing in a nose down attitude which resulted in the nosegear strut failing in overload. The landing was attempted in a 10 knot crosswind and the pilot reported that the aircraft was affected by a wind gust during the landing sequence. The pilot was not in recent flying practice and had not flown for about five months prior to this trip.

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General details
Date: 05 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1350  
Location:Birdsville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 13 November 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-IFS 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Windorah QLD
Departure time:1155
Destination:Birdsville QLD
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