- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 10 December 2015
- Date of occurrence:
- 20 August 2015
- Aircraft category:
- General aviation - fixed wing
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- Cessna 172N Skyhawk
- Andrewsfield Aerodrome, Essex
Hard landing, Andrewsfield Aerodrome, 20 August 2015.
The final approach to the grass Runway 27L at Andrewsfield was stable at an airspeed of 65 to 70 kt, with 20º of flap set. The aircraft crossed the threshold at 65 kt but flared “a little high”, landing hard and flat. The cast yoke at the bottom of the nose landing gear oleo fractured and the nose dropped, resulting in the propeller striking the ground. The aircraft came to rest with the engine cowling in contact with the runway. The aerodrome emergency services arrived quickly and all three occupants exited the aircraft without injury using the doors, which opened normally. The pilot assessed the cause of the accident as flaring too high, resulting in a hard landing.
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Published: 10 December 2015
Date of occurrence: 20 August 2015