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On 2 January 2017, the pilot of a Van’s RV-6A aircraft, registered VH-TJM, conducted a private local flight from Starke Field aircraft landing area (ALA), Queensland. At about 1029 Eastern Standard Time, after a flight of about 85 minutes, the aircraft approached to land at the ALA on runway 15. The aircraft landed heavily, bounced back into the air, and as it contacted the ground again, the nose landing gear collapsed. The propeller struck the runway and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The ATSB found that the aircraft landed heavily at a high rate of descent and groundspeed, with the nose wheel touching down very soon after the main wheels. This probably led to the nose landing gear collapsing.

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General details
Date: 02 January 2017 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 12:17 EST  
Location   (show map):Starke Field (ALA) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 27 April 2017 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Serious 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Amateur Built Aircraft 
Aircraft model: VAN'S RV-6A 
Aircraft registration: VH-TJM 
Serial number: 24498 
Type of operation: Private 
Sector: Piston 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Starke Field (ALA), Qld
Destination:Starke Field (ALA), Qld
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Last update 14 November 2018