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The pilot was making a landing approach in moderate crosswind conditions. He commenced the flare at about 15 feet above the runway, with the intention of touching down in a three-point attitude. The aircraft sank rapidly, touched down and bounced to about 10 feet. The pilot maintained rearward pressure on the control column, but did not apply power. The nose of the aircraft dropped sharply and the propeller struck the runway. The aircraft subsequently overturned, coming to rest on the runway centreline. The pilot had completed a check flight on the aircraft the previous day. Conditions during the check flight were more demanding than those at the time of the accident. It was likely that the pilot relaxed his concentration as he flared the aircraft for landing, and was unprepared when the aircraft bounced and subsequently stalled.

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General details
Date: 20 March 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1533  
Location:Albury Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 05 June 1987 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 180 
Aircraft registration: VH-DJS 
Type of operation: Business 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Deniliquin NSW
Departure time:1430 approx
Destination:Albury NSW
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