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During short final approach to land at the completion of a local scenic flight, the aircraft encounted excessive sink and a sudden increase in crosswind. As a result the aircraft bounced heavily on the runway threshold. The pilot then elected to go around and immediately applied full power. During the climb out he noticed that the wings appeared to be damaged inboard of the tip tanks. Both tanks were full at the time. A decision was then taken to divert to Archerfield where the runway direction would better suit the prevailing wind. An uneventful landing followed. Post flight examination of the aircraft confirmed significant damage to both wings.
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General details
Date: 13 July 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:00 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 26 July 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-32-300 
Aircraft registration: VH-PGB 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Mt Cotton QLD
Destination:Mt Cotton QLD
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