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The pilot reported that the aircraft was at a critical stage of the approach when it was struck by a severe wind gust. There was insufficient height available to manoeuvre the aircraft and remain clear of the ground. A go-around was considered, however the pilot felt that any application of power would make matters worse. During the attempt to counter the effect of the wind gust the right wing struck the ground, the aircraft landed heavily and the nosewheel collapsed.

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General details
Date: 07 August 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1245  
Location:Lake Gregory (50km W Balgo Hill) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 28 August 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32 
Aircraft registration: VH-MAR 
Serial number: 32-40920 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Halls Creek WA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Lake Gregory WA
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