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The pilot was making a landing approach in gusty wind conditions. The aircraft was observed to descend rapidly, and in a nose high attitude, from a height of about 80 feet above the runway. The subsequent contact with the runway was heavy, and the right maingear collapsed. At the time of the approach, the aircraft centre of gravity was at or slightly aft of the rear limit, and the weight was close to the maximum allowable. The pilot had not attempted to arrest the rate of descent, and the aircraft had struck the ground with sufficient force to bend the axles of both maingears and to distort the wing surfaces. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 31 October 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1017  
Location:Griffith Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 23 February 1988 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-WIV 
Serial number: 32R-8013050 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Moorabbin VIC
Departure time:0812
Destination:Griffith NSW
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