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The pilot reported he was making an approach to land on the 090 deg grass strip in nil wind conditions. The approach to this strip is over a steep gully. The pilot said that approaching the flare the sink rate suddenly increased and airspeed washed off. He applied full power but not in time to prevent the aircraft landing heavily. The left main landing gear collapsed, the propeller and left wingtip struck the ground and the aircraft slid for about 100 metres, coming to rest at the left edge of the strip.
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General details
Date: 13 April 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 17 April 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Maule Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M-5-235C 
Aircraft registration: VH-MEU 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Sandfly Tas
Destination:Sandfly Tas
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