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The student was undertaking his fourth solo flight, and had been instructed to practice circuits with touch and go landings. After acknowledging a landing clearance, the pilot inadvertently dropped the microphone. He leant down to retrieve it, and shortly afterwards the aircraft touched down heavily about 200 metres in from the threshold. The aircraft bounced, the pilot applied forward elevator control, and a further heavy touchdown took place on the nosewheel and propeller. The nosegear folded back and the aircraft groundlooped to a halt on the flight strip. The student had become distracted from controlling the aircraft while attempting to retrieve the microphone. When he looked up again, he realised that the aircraft had deviated from the desired flight path, but he had persevered with the approach.

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General details
Date: 12 September 1986 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 835  
Location:Bankstown Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 26 November 1986 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-IBU 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Departure time:0835
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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