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On the first approach to land the aircraft was caught by a wind gust and the pilot carried out a go around. On the second approach the aircraft touched down and bounced. On the subsequent touchdown the aircraft was struck by another gust the left wing lifted and the aircraft tipped onto its nose and right wingtip. It then fell back onto its wheels veered to the left and ran off the runway. The wind strength at the time was reported as being 15 to 20 knots with gusts. The crosswind on the runway in use averaged 18 knots with a maximum of 25 knots. Local terrain features also caused variable wind problems. The into-wind runway was not available as it was being used for aircraft parking for visitors to an air show. The maximum crosswind component for the aircraft type was listed as 15 knots. The pilot was relatively inexperienced and had not previously landed in similar wind conditions.

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General details
Date: 14 October 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1558  
Location:Schofields Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: New South Wales Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 08 March 1989 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-TNU 
Serial number: 172RG0620 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Tumut NSW
Departure time:1431
Destination:Schofields NSW
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