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It was reported that the pilot made a normal, full flap landing at 70 kt. The aircraft bounced back into the air and touched down three more times before coming to a stop. The propeller struck the ground during the third touchdown. A post-landing inspection disclosed that the engine firewall was bent at the nosewheel leg attachment point. The sequence of events and the damage indicates that the pilot misjudged the landing flare and allowed the aircraft to touchdown, nosewheel first, on at least one occasion.
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General details
Date: 09 March 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 13:30 WST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 07 May 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172P 
Aircraft registration: VH-AOZ 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Jandakot WA
Destination:Rottnest Island WA
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