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The pilot had completed one sortie of about one and a half hours consisting of upper air work and circuits. He had occupied the right seat, which is the normal pilot seat. As he was training for an Instructor Certificate, he later commenced a second sortie flying from the left seat, having previously been checked out for flying from both seats. Circuits were to be conducted with landings into a wind of 8 to 10 knots. The pilot reported that for the first landing the aircraft was lifted by a wind gust, and a heavy touchdown ensued. The aircraft bounced and he applied a small amount of power, but on the second touchdown, the left landing gear collapsed and the aircraft tilted onto its nose. The pilot reported that he attributed the accident to slight confusion at the time of the initial bounce, due to reversal of hand position, for the different seats.

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General details
Date: 26 January 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1228  
Location:Kirandoo Airpark (18 km W of Mittagong) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 22 February 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Thruster Aircraft (Australia) Pty Ltd 
Aircraft model: TST 
Aircraft registration: 25-0115 
Serial number: N/K 
Type of operation: Sports Aviation 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Kirandoo Airpark NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Kirandoo Airpark NSW
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