After passing over some trees and buildings on the approach to Runway 02, the pilot described encountering “dirty air” and “lost lift”. This lead to an increased rate of descent and a hard landing on the main landing gear, causing the aircraft to bounce. The subsequent landing was “slightly nose first” and, during taxi, the nosewheel forks collapsed and the fibreglass pod impacted the ground.
The pilot was uninjured and considered that a go-around would have been an appropriate decision once he noticed the high rate of descent near to the ground.
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Published 14 December 2017