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After touch down the aircraft began a series of bounces. The pilot initially attempted to control the aircraft with the elevators but then applied full power to go-around. However, the aircraft struck the ground in a nose-down attitude tearing off the nosewheel and bending the propeller blades. The pilot was relatively inexperienced in the aircraft type. The circuit was poorly judged and resulted in a steep final approach, at a low power setting , being flown. Following the misjudged landing flare, the pilot delayed in carrying out a go-around.

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General details
Date: 17 August 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1410 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Oodnadatta Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: South Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 24 October 1985 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 206 
Aircraft registration: VH-APH 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Leigh Creek SA
Departure time:1410
Destination:Oodnadatta SA
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