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The Essendon Terminal Information (ATIS) advised of surface wind from 260 degrees at 15/25 knots. The pilot had completed the flight and was making his landing approach at 75 knots with 40 degrees of flap set. From Essendon Tower the aircraft was observed to descend rapidly from a height of about 20-30 feet and contact the runway heavily, nose wheel first. A bounce followed and then the aircraft touched down again. Aware that the nose wheel was wobbling violently and that the nose attitude was unusually low the pilot steered the aircraft off the runway, shut down the engine and evacuated.

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General details
Date: 14 April 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1155  
Location:Essendon Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 04 May 1990 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-ITY 
Serial number: 17270285 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Essendon, Vic
Departure time:N/A
Destination:Essendon, Vic
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