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The student had completed a one hour dual check flight and was authorised by the instructor for solo practice. The pilot was conducting circuits on runway 22 with a wind from the south west at 10 - 15 knots. On the first approach the student flared late, the aircraft bounced, and a go around was made. The next approach was stabilized but again the pilot flared late and bounced. Despite the application of power for a go around, the aircraft struck the runway heavily, resulting in damage to the nose leg and propeller tips.

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General details
Date: 21 December 1989 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1545 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
Location:RAAF Base ,East Sale VIC Occurrence type:Hard landing 
State: South Australia Occurrence class: Operational 
Release date: 08 March 1990 Occurrence category: Accident 
Report status: Final Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: American Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: AA-1 
Aircraft registration: VH-MDL 
Serial number: AA1B-0635 
Type of operation: Flying Training 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:East Sale
Departure time:1530
Destination:East Sale
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