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The pilot had decided to practice crosswind landings. When the aircraft was about 30 feet above the ground on final approach, he reported that it was affected by a wind gust. The aircraft sank rapidly and landed heavily on the nosewheel, which folded backward. The aircraft then skidded for 56 metres before coming to rest. It is probable that the high sink rate was caused by windshear. The pilot was inexperienced and did not take the correct action to counter the high rate of sink.

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General details
Date: 19 December 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1320  
Location:Goolwa Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 11 May 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-NAO 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Goolwa SA
Departure time:1320
Destination:Goolwa SA
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