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The pilot had not landed at the airstrip previously. He made his approach to the 650 metre long airstrip which had a slight uphill gradient in the landing direction. On final approach the aircraft was undershooting and the pilot applied power. Touchdown occurred at the start of the airstrip and the wheel marks showed that all three wheels had touched down together. Immediately after touchdown, the nosegear collapsed and the aircraft overturned. The distance from the touchdown point to where the aircraft came to rest was 25 metres. The nosegear collapse was caused by an overload failure of part of the downlock mechanism. In addition, the left maingear leg was bent upwards. This damage was consistent with a heavy landing.

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General details
Date: 02 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1305  
Location:Falmouth Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Tasmania Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 03 July 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Minor 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 210 
Aircraft registration: VH-TFC 
Serial number: 21064034 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:St Helens TAS
Departure time:1300
Destination:Falmouth TAS
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