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The student was carrying out a practice forced landing on Delissaville airstrip as part of a pre-licence test. After the student had initiated the flare for landing, the instructor became aware of a high descent rate but too late to prevent a hard landing. The instructor took control, carried out a touch and go, then advised the student to return to Darwin. Inspection there, revealed that the aircraft had suffered substantial damage as a result of the hard landing. The student was landing on a strip that presented different visual cues to the strip he had used for most of his training. During the approach the instructor allowed his attention to be diverted from his monitoring task. The student also believes that he allowed his attention to wander from the landing to the next situation that the instructor may have presented to him, and flared too high. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 23 November 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1330  
Location:Delissaville Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Northern Territory Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 13 April 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-FCQ 
Serial number: 172-74973 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Darwin NT
Departure time:1300
Destination:Delissaville NT
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