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The pilot was carrying out practice circuits for type familiarisation. Landings were being made into wind and on the first touchdown the aircraft bounced and the pilot carried out a go-around. On the next approach, the aircraft bounced on touchdown to about 10 feet above the ground, and the pilot held the elevator control back and opened the throttle rapidly, intending to go around. The engine failed to respond and the aircraft landed heavily, collapsing the left maingear. No defect was found with either the engine or the failed gear tubing that could have contributed to the accident. The misjudged landing flare was probably a result of the pilot's lack of familiarity with the aircraft type. The recovery was initiated too late and the lack of response from the engine was most likely due to the throttle being opened too rapidly.

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General details
Date: 14 June 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1640 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:2 km SE of Balliang Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 11 November 1987 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Auster Aircraft Ltd 
Aircraft model: J5 
Aircraft registration: VH-BYW 
Serial number: 3136 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Point Cook VIC
Departure time:1600
Destination:Point Cook VIC
 
 
 
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