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The pilot reported that on arrival at Dunk Island he made a normal approach for runway 14, and on final approach at a height of about 50 feet he encountered a sudden downdraft. The aircraft landed heavily on the left main gear before he could reduce the sink rate. The pilot stated that he subsequently examined the aircraft but did not notice any signs of damage. The damage was discovered after the pilot had returned to Townsville and reported that he had made a heavy landing to the operator. The landing impact had damaged the gear attachment by displacing it vertically upwards, a rib was bent, and rivets were pulled on the lower wing skin. The spar was bent but returned to its normal shape when damaged skin was removed. The pilot stated that the wind at the time of the accident was southeasterly at about 10 -15 knots, and that he had not previously landed at Dunk Island.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 945  
Location:Dunk Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 12 February 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-CJN 
Serial number: 28R-30072 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Townsville QLD
Departure time:900
Destination:Dunk Island QLD
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