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The approach was made with full flap extended at an indicated airspeed of between 75 and 80 knots. As the pilot closed the throttle in preparation for landing, the handle of the throttle lever came off in her hand. The aircraft struck the runway heavily and bounced several times, collapsing the nose gear leg. The pilot had been distracted when the throttle lever handle separated during the landing flare. The handle had been attached by an unsuitable retaining bolt.

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General details
Date: 19 October 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1600 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:4 Km SE of Speed Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 15 February 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PXU 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Turriff VIC
Departure time:1545
Destination:Turriff VIC
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