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The pilot reported that just prior to touchdown he experienced a huge crosswind gust that blew him to the side of the strip. He attempted to regain directional control with rudder as the aircraft was then on the ground but he could not prevent the aircraft running into a sand windrow at the edge of the strip. On striking the windrow and then bushes, the left maingear leg was torn off followed by the other gear legs. The engine was also reportedly detached from the nose of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 25 February 1991 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1427  
Location   (show map):Thistle Island Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Loss of control 
Release date: 26 February 1991 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-STS 
Serial number: 32-7440171 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Thistle Island SA
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