The pilot made an approach to grass Runway 28 at the airfield where the weather was CAVOK and the wind was from the north-east at 10 kt. The aircraft “floated” along the runway before touching down and bounced back into the air. When it touched down again, the nose landing gear collapsed, the propeller dug into the grass and the aircraft tipped forward, coming to rest upside down. The pilot left the aircraft through the normal exit.
The pilot believed that a combination of factors contributed to the accident: a higher-than normal groundspeed at touchdown (due to a tailwind); the bounce and his subsequent correction to the flightpath; the slight upslope of the runway. He considered that the nose landing gear was “lightly engineered”.
Published 16 December 2014