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The pilot reported that an approach was being made in light crosswind conditions. Touchdown was normal, but the aircraft then became airborne again. A series of bounces then followed, each larger than the last. At some point during this phase the nose strut oleo collapsed and the propeller struck the ground. The aircraft swerved off the runway and slowed to the point where the pilot was able to regain control. Subsequent examination revealed damage to the engine firewall and lower fuselage structure. The pilot was evidently surprised by the speed and severity of the bounces, and had apparently not considered making a go around. This accident was not the subject of an on scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 15 May 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1445  
Location:Armidale Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 09 June 1988 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172 
Aircraft registration: VH-WYZ 
Serial number: 17266785 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Armidale NSW
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Armidale NSW
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