After an approach to Runway 23R in fine weather, the aircraft touched down just after the numbers but bounced and became airborne again. The pilot allowed the aircraft to descend back onto the runway and, at touchdown, he reported hearing a “grinding/scraping noise” as the nosewheel was damaged. The aircraft bounced a second time before touching down and coming to a halt in a nose-low attitude.
The pilot and passengers were wearing lap and diagonal harnesses and were uninjured. The pilot considered his approach was too fast and, with the heavy landing considered, that a go-around could have prevented the accident.
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Published 11 October 2018