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The pilot had only limited experience on the aircraft type. He reported that when he commenced the final approach, the aircraft was positioned above the normal approach profile with a higher than normal airspeed. The correct airspeed and approach profile was regained but the pilot was slow with the use of power to correct the rate of descent. The aircraft subsequently landed heavily on the mainwheels and when the nosewheel contacted the runway the nosegear leg failed. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 07 December 1987 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1655  
Location:Gladstone Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 26 May 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Rutan Aircraft Factory 
Aircraft model: Vari-eze 
Aircraft registration: VH-EZH 
Serial number: N65 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Thangool QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Gladstone QLD
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