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During the later stages of the approach the aircraft developed a higher rate of descent than desired. The right main gear subsequently struck a sand filled drum which was located just short of the threshold lip. The impact resulted in the right wing being buckled and one of the right engine mounts fracturing. The pilot reported that he did not believe that the landing was heavy and as a consequence did not discover the damage on a subsequent superficial inspection before continuing the flight. The approach was flatter than normal and into a 20 to 30 knot wind. On late final the aircraft encountered a downdraught and the pilot did not arrest the rate of descent, resulting in the touchdown occurring prior to the threshold.

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General details
Date: 02 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 833  
Location:Mabuiag Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland  
Release date: 16 June 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd 
Aircraft model: BN2 
Aircraft registration: VH-SBD 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Horn Island QLD
Departure time:0833
Destination:Mabuiag Island QLD
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