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The pilot decided to carry out a circuit in order to check the performance of the engine. Because of the presence of a gusting 20 knot westerly wind, a higher than normal approach speed was flown. The pilot stated that he closed the throttle at about 50 feet agl and flared the aircraft. The subsequent landing was heavy, the aircraft bounced, the pilot moved the control column forward and the aircraft bounced a second time. On the third touch down the pilot reported that the tail struck the runway causing substantial damage to the tail area of the aircraft.

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General details
Date: 18 April 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1055 (Aprx)  
Location:Maitland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 31 July 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 182 
Aircraft registration: VH-SMV 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland NSW
Departure time:1055 (Aprx)
Destination:Maitland NSW
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