AAIB investigation to Zenair CH 701 STOL, G-FAMH
Heavy landing, nosewheel collapsed, London Colney Airfield, 22 June 2014.
The aircraft landed heavily after what the pilot felt was a normal approach. During the ground roll the nosewheel collapsed and the aircraft stopped abruptly. The pilot, who was uninjured, made the aircraft safe and vacated it normally. He then discovered that the left wing rear attachment had failed. He thought this failure was probably caused by the rapid deceleration of the aircraft after its nosewheel had collapsed.
The pilot considered the heavy landing was as a result of him misjudging the height of the flare in unusually light wind conditions.
Zenair CH 701 STOL G-FAMH 09-14.pdf (127.23 kb)