Prior to the flight, the pilot was briefed by the aero club duty pilot that the wind at the airfield had been recorded gusting up to 20 kt, but appeared to have subsided. During the subsequent flight, the pilot experienced blustery and unstable flying conditions. In the later stages of his approach to land back at the airfield, the pilot reported experiencing significant turbulence and at approximately four feet above the runway, the aircraft “dropped to the ground without warning” resulting in a heavy landing. As the pilot taxied back to the parking area, the aircraft appeared to operate normally. However, closer inspection of the nosewheel after shutdown identified damage to the wheel and bearing.
Cessna 152 G-BONW 09-14.pdf (127.35 kb)