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Enroute from Lilydale to Melbourne the pilot was required to hold for a short time. While doing so he noted that the elevator control seemed heavy. He set 30 degrees of flap for landing and said he began to move the control column back to flare at about 65 knots. He said that the aircraft did not respond but that the nose dropped and the aircraft hit the runway nose wheel first and bounced several times. Later inspection of the aircraft did not reveal any evidence of pre-existing defects. The prevailing wind at the time of landing was from the south at about 12 knots. At around the time of landing the wind direction changed to 120 degrees at about the same strength. This wind shear effect may have contributed to the handling difficulties reported by the pilot during landing. This accident was not the subject of an on-scene investigation.

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General details
Date: 15 December 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1740  
Location   (show map):Melbourne Airport Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Victoria Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 04 April 1991 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-SPW 
Serial number: R17222759 
Type of operation: Private 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Lilydale VIC
Departure time:1710
Destination:Melbourne VIC
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