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The pilot had only recently regained flying currency and was inexperienced on type. He had suffered some frustration in gaining dispensation to return to Alice Springs without radio, and in having to vary his plans to stop off en route with his passengers who were also disappointed at the change in itinerary. On arrival at Alice Springs, the pilot joined the circuit for the non-duty runway which was out of wind. During the attempted cross-wind landing, the aircraft bounced and ballooned and the pilot did not take the correct recovery action. The aircraft landed heavily on the right wheel and then onto both main wheels. The pilot reported that he did not attempt to go-around off the bounced landing because he lacked the confidence to execute this manoeuvre with the aircraft configured with full flap. A subsequent inspection revealed damage to the right maingear leg which required replacement.

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General details
Date: 20 March 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1546  
Location:Alice Springs Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 08 November 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-WYN 
Serial number: U20605906 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Yulara NT
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Alice Springs NT
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