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The pilot reported that he was making a landing approach in strong and gusty crosswind conditions. There was considerable turbulence in the area. On very short final the aircraft encountered an updraft. The pilot reduced power almost to idle, and the aircraft then entered an area of strong sink and lost airspeed. Although substantial power was re-applied, the pilot said he was unable to prevent the aircraft from contacting the runway in a nose-low attitude. The nose gear collapsed and the aircraft slid to a halt on the runway.

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General details
Date: 17 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 930 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Inverell Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: New South Wales Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 29 June 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-RSL 
Serial number: 28-7525234 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Armidale NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Inverell NSW
 
 
 
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