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A student pilot on his first solo flight lost control during the landing sequence. The aircraft departed the runway and came to rest on the adjoining grass, damaging the propeller and nose wheel strut. The instructor reported that the approach appeared normal but the aircraft floated after the flare. The student applied some power but the aircraft landed heavily on the nosewheel, bending the nose strut. The instructor suggested that the student had probably not appreciated the aircraft would be significantly lighter without an instructor on board, and consequently be more likely to float after the landing flare, prior to touchdown.
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General details
Date: 29 November 1997 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:10 ESuT  
 Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
 Occurrence type: Runway excursion 
Release date: 04 December 1997 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Piper Aircraft Corp 
Aircraft model: PA-38-112 
Aircraft registration: VH-FTX 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Hoxton Park NSW
Destination:Hoxton Park NSW
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