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During the morning the pilot, who had not flown for about 3 months, flew the aircraft, solo, and made three landings without Incident, in the afternoon he took three friends on a flight around the town of Murtoa and on returning to the field approached to land without using engine power and with full flap selected. The aircraft touched down on the crest of a shallow undulation and bounced three times. The pilot did not take any corrective action and on the last touch down the aircraft landed heavily on the nosewheel assembly which collapsed rearwards. The aircraft skidded for a distance of 60 feet until the propeller spinner dug Into the ground and brought it to a halt.
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General details
Date: 16 June 1969 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1410 EST  
Location:Murtoa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 03 December 1969 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WAQ 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Murtoa
Departure time:1400
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