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An aircraft cleaner reported finding significant damage to the landing gear and wing spars of the aircraft during a routine cleaning operation on the afternoon of Sunday the 17 October 1988. The damage to the aircraft indicated that the aircraft had probably been stalled at a significant height above the ground descended vertically and touched down heavily on the left wheel followed by the right wheel. Damage to the left wing was readily visible on the upper skin surface. Six pilots had been involved in the operation of the aircraft over the two days preceding the report by the aircraft cleaner. All six indicated that they had not done or had not observed a landing which could have caused the damage found. None of the pilots had observed any damage to the aircraft during their pre or post flight inspections. The damage was such that continued operation of the aircraft could have resulted in a serious air safety occurrence.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: Not Known  
Location:Not Known OF REPORT Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Other Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 22 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-TUT 
Serial number: 28R-30765 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Not Known
Departure time:Not Known
Destination:Not Known
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