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On final approach, the pilot reported that the aircraft encountered a strong headwind. At about 30 feet above the ground the aircraft began to sink and the stall warning sounded. The pilot applied some power and selected a higher nose attitude, but the aircraft landed heavily on the mainwheels, bounced onto the nosewheel and the propeller struck the runway. The aircraft ran off the runway before the pilot was able to regain control.

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General details
Date: 24 March 1985 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: U/K  
Location:Archerfield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 13 May 1985 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38 
Aircraft registration: VH-FLA 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Archerfield QLD
Departure time:U/K
Destination:Archerfield QLD
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