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After a normal approach, the pilot was surprised when the aircraft bounced on initial touchdown. A second bounce occurred, during which the pilot applied power to cushion the next touchdown. The power application seemed to have little effect and the nosewheel and propeller struck the ground heavily. The aircraft then ran off the side of the runway and collided with a fence. The pilot had been given a check flight on the aircraft two days previously. During this check, he was advised to use less flap for landing than that specified in the Flight Manual. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was being operated in excess of the maximum permitted all-up-weight. The pilot advised that he had not carried out a weight and balance calculation because the hiring organisation had assured him that the aircraft could be operated with full fuel tanks and four persons on board. Following the bounced landing the pilot had not initiated a go around and directional control had been lost after the nosegear suffered damage on heavy contact with the runway.

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General details
Date: 10 January 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1000  
Location:Moruya Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 07 April 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Beech Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: 23 
Aircraft registration: VH-ARF 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Canberra ACT
Departure time:1000
Destination:Moruya NSW
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