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The pilot reported that during the approach the airspeed was too high. He decided not to go around as the tall trees surrounding the strip made it look restricted. He flew the aircraft straight and level to wash off airspeed and felt he could still land and stop before the end of the runway. On touchdown the aircraft ballooned. The pilot recovered to fly the aircraft parallel to the runway but did not add power, to overcome the ballooning effect, as he felt he would run short of runway. On the second touchdown the aircraft bounced and on the third touchdown the nosewheel collapsed. The aircraft skidded to a halt towards the left side of the runway. The accident sequence was typical of other accidents where the runway perspective appears different to that previously experienced by the pilot. The perspective can be altered by a narrower than usual runway for its length and/or by the surrounding terrain or foliage.
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General details
Date: 21 March 1995 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 11:00 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 30 May 1995 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Mooney Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: M20J 
Aircraft registration: VH-UDQ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot WA
Destination:Dwellingup WA
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