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During the landing flare the aircraft ballooned and assumed a nose-high attitude. The pilot attempted to take corrective action but the tail contacted the ground before the mainwheels. The aircraft bounced and on the subsequent touchdown the tail again struck the ground. The pilot was inexperienced on the aircraft type and had used an approach speed below that recommended in the Aircraft Flight Manual. The aircraft was flared too high and incorrect recovery action was taken by the pilot after the aircraft ballooned.

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General details
Date: 12 March 1984 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 843  
Location:Wilpena Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 30 July 1984 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-FRT 
Type of operation: Charter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Wilpena SA
Departure time:0843
Destination:Wilpena SA
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