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The pilot made a faster than normal approach for a landing on Runway 28 into a strong, gusty, westerly wind. Just prior to the landing flare, the aircraft encountered windshear and the rate of descent increased rapidly. The aircraft touched down very firmly in a slightly nose low attitude and bounced into the air once before landing heavily on the nose wheel. The nose wheel assembly broke allowing the propeller to strike the ground. Except for three hours, the pilot had done all his flying in a Piper PA28-140 (serial number: 28-11018). One week before the accident the pilot had been endorsed on the PA28-235, which has different performance parameters. The pilot did not attempt a go-around because the windshear and rapid rate of descent occurred so close to the ground that he considered the application of engine power would further aggravate the situation. This accident was not the subject of an on-site investigation.

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General details
Date: 01 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1305 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:Melton Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: Victoria Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 13 March 1989 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-28 
Aircraft registration: VH-PXD 
Serial number: 28-11018 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Melton VIC
Departure time:1245
Destination:Melton VIC
 
 
 
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