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Following a period of dual instruction the pilot was authorised to carry out her second solo circuit and landing. During the landing flare the aircraft ballooned and subsequently touched down on the nosewheel. The aircraft bounced and on the next touchdown the nosewheel broke off, the nose gear leg was displaced and the aircraft slid to a halt on the runway. The pilot's previous training flight had been conducted approximately one month prior to the accident. After misjudging the landing flare, the pilot persisted with the landing attempt instead of going around.

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General details
Date: 04 September 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1037  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 11 April 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-HAV 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:1033
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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