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At the completion of a trial instructional flight a normal flare and two point touchdown was accomplished. On touchdown the pilot noticed a "tug" on the airframe and the elevator control became "stiff". Inspection revealed the tailwheel forward attachment bracket had failed from fatigue. This caused the tail of the aircraft to ride over the broken tailwheel forward arm, resulting in the tailwheel folding aft into the tailcone. The rear attachment then failed in overload allowing the tailwheel to separate from the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500  
Location:Tooraweenah Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales  
Release date: 01 May 1990  
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Let National Corporation 
Aircraft model: Blanik 
Aircraft registration: VH-GOL 
Serial number: 26051 
Type of operation: Gliding 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tooraweenah NSW
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Tooraweenah NSW
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