AAIB investigation to Cessna 172M Skyhawk, G-BIHI

Bounced landing and nose gear collapse, Fenland Airfield, Lincolnshire, 18 September 2014.


The pilot encountered worsening weather after takeoff and decided to curtail her flight. She joined the visual circuit in reducing visibility and flew a closer than normal approach which, combined with a light headwind on final, placed the aircraft higher on the approach than was usual. The pilot considered that a safe landing could still be achieved so continued the approach. The aircraft bounced on touchdown and the nose landing gear subsequently struck the ground prematurely and collapsed.

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Cessna 172M Skyhawk G-BIHI 02-15

Published 12 February 2015