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The pilot stated that he rounded out too low, touched down too fast, and the aircraft bounced slightly. He attempted to correct with back pressure on the control column, together with increased nose up elevator trim. The aircraft appeared to climb and the pilot eased the back pressure. The nose dropped, the aircraft touched down again in a flat attitude, and porpoising commenced. After three oscillations the nose gear moved rearwards and upwards, shattering the windscreen, and causing the propellers to contact the runway surface. Investigation revealed that there was an intermittent fault in the elevator trim switch, which caused the trim to move only in a forward direction, irrespective of the selection made by the pilot.

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General details
Date: 24 September 1988 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1213  
Location:Maroochydore Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 06 February 1989 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-34 
Aircraft registration: VH-BTG 
Serial number: 34-7770129 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hamilton Island QLD
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Maroochydore QLD
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