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The student had completed five dual circuits and was then authorised to carry out two solo circuits and landings. During the second approach some turbulence was encountered and a hard landing was made. The aircraft ballooned to 5 metres and ground looped on the subsequent touchdown. After the aircraft had turned through 180 degrees its left wing tip scraped the ground and it nosed over. After the heavy touchdown the student had held excessive back pressure to keep the nosewheel off the ground. A wind gust caused the aircraft to become airborne and the pilot was unable to effect timely recovery action.

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General details
Date: 04 August 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1005  
Location:Berwick Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 24 September 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 150 
Aircraft registration: VH-RXL 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Berwick VIC
Departure time:1005
Destination:Berwick VIC
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