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The pilot had flown the aircraft, without incident, a number of times prior to the accident flight. He made a full flap, normal approach to land after checking that the landing gear was down and locked. The wind at the time was a light crosswind from the left. Touchdown was normal, but immediately afterwards the right gear leg collapsed. The aircraft veered sharply to the right and the other gear legs failed. The aircraft slid to a halt on its lower fuselage. The strip had a transverse gradient of three percent down to the right. Witness evidence and ground markings confirmed that the touchdown was normal. Inspection of the damaged components of the right gear indicated that the initial failure had been from overload forces. No significant pre-existing damage was evident.

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General details
Date: 26 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 0645  
Location:Condeena (10 km South of Katanning) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 13 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-KIE 
Serial number: 28R-30308 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gnowangerup WA
Departure time:630
Destination:Condeena WA
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