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The pilot was attending a fly-in to display his aircraft. Because he was concerned about the length of the strip he was endeavouring to touchdown at the threshold. During the final approach, he became aware that the airspeed was reducing below the optimum and applied some power, however, the aircraft struck the ground heavily about 10 metres before the strip threshold. The pilot applied full power and carried out a go-around. As a result of the ground contact the nosewheel was torn off. The pilot was advised of the situation by ground observers and elected to divert to Parafield. During the subsequent landing the nosegear leg collapsed.

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General details
Date: 17 February 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1400  
Location:Rowland Flat, 5 Km SSW of Tanunda Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia  
Release date: 21 June 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Bede Aircraft Inc 
Aircraft model: Bede 
Aircraft registration: VH-ABD 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Woodside SA
Departure time:1400
Destination:Rowland Flat SA
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