AAIB investigation to Thruster T600N, G-MZNX

Nose landing gear collapsed following a heavy landing, Longside Airfield, 5 August 2018.


The pilot reported that he flew to Longside airfield in slightly thermic conditions and made an overhead join to view the windsock. He assessed the wind as 5 to 8 kt, varying around 225°, and positioned the aircraft to join the circuit for a landing on Runway 28. During the downwind leg the pilot experienced significant thermal activity and during the later stage of the final approach, while at a height of 10 to 15 ft agl, he experienced a high rate of sink and the aircraft bounced on the runway. The pilot initiated a go-around by applying full power while the aircraft was still in the air, but the aircraft descended into the grass at the side of the runway, where the nose landing gear collapsed and the left wing made contact with the ground. The pilot was uninjured.

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Thruster T600N, G-MZNX 10-18

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Published 11 October 2018