Nose landing gear failed on landing, near Haverhilll, 21 November 2014.
The pilot had visited the farm field in which he intended to land on several occasions, including the morning of the accident flight, and had assessed that it was suitable for use. He stated that although the approach went well, he did not account for loss of wind speed before touchdown, and the aircraft landed “a bit heavily”. The nose landing gear buckled under the trike, breaking the nose cone. The aircraft came to rest after a ground slide of about 20 m. Neither occupant was injured. The pilot stated that the accident was caused by his lack of experience and insufficient speed.
Published: 14 May 2015
Date of occurrence: 21 November 2014