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The aircraft was returning to land at the completion of a local flight. The pilot, who had only recently purchased the aircraft, had not flown it before with four persons on board. He was compensating for a crosswind, and misjudged the flare, probably because of the higher sink rate of the heavier aircraft. The aircraft touched down and bounced several times, before ground looping and coming to rest at the edge of the flight strip.

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General details
Date: 11 June 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1205  
Location:Lightning Ridge Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 09 August 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-UPG 
Serial number: 32811 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lightning Ridge NSW
Departure time:1145
Destination:Lightning Ridge NSW
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