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The pilot carried out a normal full flap approach into a steady 15 knot headwind. Immediately before touch down the aircraft was struck by a strong wind gust from the left. The aircraft yawed sharply to the left and the nose lifted. The pilot applied full power and attempted to lower the nose but the aircraft touched down heavily on its main wheels and tail tie down ring. The aircraft did not bounce and the pilot elected to complete the landing. It was likely that the aircraft had been affected by a willy-willy at a critical stage of the approach. The pilot's recovery actions were unable to prevent the resulting heavy landing.

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General details
Date: 09 February 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1630  
Location:Beverley Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 11 March 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-MAB 
Serial number: 18267846 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Badingarra WA
Departure time:1500
Destination:Beverley WA
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