Heavy landing, North Weald Airfield, Essex, 10 July 2016.
The aircraft was on final approach to Runway 30 at 65 kt IAS and with 20° of flap set. The pilot reported that the wind was from 200° at 20 kt and that the approach was normal until, during the flare, the aircraft experienced a gust of wind. The aircraft “dropped suddenly” onto the runway, bounced back into the air before settling back onto the runway and coming to a halt. Because he considered that the aircraft nose landing gear might have been damaged during the landing, the pilot shut down on the runway and asked for assistance to move the aircraft.
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Published: 10 November 2016
Date of occurrence: 10 July 2016