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The pilot reported that the landing gear was down and lights were correct in the circuit prior to landing. After the initial touchdown there was a "thump", the landing gear warning horn operated, and the indicating lights went out. The initial post flight examination found that both the main landing gear drag braces had broken, allowing the main gear legs to collapse outwards. This prevented the aircraft from resting fully on the runway. Later a more detailed heavy landing inspection revealed minor rib damage in the area of the landing gear attach points, on the left side.
 
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