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The trainee pilot was conducting circuits on Runway 29R at Bankstown in a Cessna 152. Late on final approach, she judged the airspeed as being too fast and selected full flap to slow the aircraft. She then saw that the aircraft was descending below the desired approach path and added power to correct. As the aircraft crossed the threshold, the pilot reduced power to idle and lowered the nose, but then decided to execute a go around. However, before power could be re-applied, the main landing gear struck the runway heavily and the aircraft bounced. The aircraft then pitched nose down, landing on the nosewheel, before bouncing once again.

The pilot later reported that the force of the bounce had caused her right hand to rapidly increase the throttle setting just as the aircraft began to pitch nose down, accelerating the descent and causing the aircraft to land heavily on the nose wheel. The pilot closed the throttle but the aircraft continued to oscillate in pitch, bouncing alternately on the main landing and nose gears. The propellor struck the runway numerous times before the nose gear partially collapsed. The aircraft came to rest approximately 150 m after the initial touchdown, after crossing the left edge of the runway.

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General details
Date: 06 August 1996 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 2:30 EST  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 11 October 1996 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 152 
Aircraft registration: VH-IVT 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Bankstown NSW
Destination:Bankstown NSW
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