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The aircraft had recently been returned to service after a landing accident which involved a failure of the right maingear. The pilot had only flown the aircraft once since the accident and was conducting circuit training to restore his currency. On his second circuit, the landing was heavier than normal and on the right side of the grass strip. During the landing roll, the pilot heard an unusual noise and the right wing dropped slightly. Despite efforts by the pilot, the aircraft veered off the right side of the strip into soft plowed ground and came to rest on the right wingtip. Examination of a broken rear bracing tube of the right maingear showed that it had failed in overload. There was no evidence of a pre-existing fault, however, the possibility that the failed component had been weakened in the previous accident could not be discounted.

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General details
Date: 17 May 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1715  
Location:Strathalbyn Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 12 August 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Champion Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 7 
Aircraft registration: VH-UEJ 
Serial number: 7FC-281 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Strathalbyn SA
Departure time:1710
Destination:Strathalbyn SA
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