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The student pilot was conducting solo crosswind circuits in a Cessna 172, on runway 23 at Maitland NSW. During a landing sequence, the aircraft touched down heavily and bounced. The student then used an inappropriate recovery technique that resulted in a second heavy touchdown on the nosewheel. The propeller, cabin floor and firewall suffered damage as a result of the impact.
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General details
Date: 27 October 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:00 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Hard landing 
Release date: 03 April 1998 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Cessna Aircraft Company 
Aircraft model: 172P 
Aircraft registration: VH-RNL 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Maitland NSW
Destination:Maitland NSW
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Last update 28 October 2014