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The aircraft was on approach for landing with a 10 - 15 kt crosswind from the left. The pilot stated that he was holding the left wing down to counteract the crosswind, but as he commenced to flare prior to touchdown a stronger gust of wind moved the aircraft to the right. The aircraft touched down at the side of the airstrip on its left main wheel, possibly in soft sand, while still moving sideways. This imposed a side load to the landing gear leg which sheared the attachment bolts allowing the leg to separate from the wing.
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General details
Date: 22 September 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:45 CST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 30 September 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-MAR 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Gove NT
Destination:Burrum Community NT
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