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The pilot was taking a group of mentally retarded children for a flight. On the first flight one of the children became distressed and the flight was terminated. On final approach for the first landing of the second flight, the child seated behind the pilot became hysterical and grabbed the pilot around the throat. A missed approach was carried out and another circuit completed. As the aircraft approached for landing the child again became agitated. The pilot reported that he was concerned about the situation and lost concentration during the approach. The aircraft ballooned and landed heavily.

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General details
Date: 23 April 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: N/A  
Location:Parafield Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: South Australia Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 18 August 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-5 
Aircraft registration: VH-SYF 
Serial number: AA5A-0104 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Parafield SA
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Parafield SA
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