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On final approach for his first solo circuit and landing, the pilot carried out an overshoot because the aircraft was above the desired profile. On his second approach the pilot commenced a normal flare, but the aircraft climbed gradually to about 15 feet above the ground. The pilot made no attempt to apply power for a go-around. The aircraft stalled and struck the ground heavily. The nosewheel was detached and the aircraft bounced. On the subsequent touchdown, the nosegear strut dug into the ground and the aircraft overturned, coming to rest 77 metres from the point of initial touchdown. The pilot misjudged his height above the ground after the landing flare. He is employed as a Flight Engineer on Boeing 747 aircraft, and is therefore used to looking out of a cockpit which is much higher off the ground than the cockpit of a Cessna 152. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 03 April 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1215  
Location:Melton Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 07 June 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-UFK 
Serial number: 15281346 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Melton VIC
Departure time:1205
Destination:Melton VIC
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