Aero AT3 R100, G-SBRK
The flight was planned from Sywell to Bembridge, Isle of Wight with two other AT3 aircraft. At the time of planning the weather was suitable; however as the aircraft passed to the south of Aylesbury and over the Chiltons they encountered some rain and low cloud. A decision was made to divert, initially to Wycombe Air Park, but as the conditions worsened this was changed to Halton. The aircraft separated due to the poor visibility. The pilot of G-SBRK could see the other AT3 aircraft on final approach into Halton. He joined the circuit and made a normal approach to land on Runway 20. However the aircraft touched down on the nose landing gear, which collapsed, causing damage to the propeller and the left wing. The aircraft came to rest on the runway and both occupants were able to exit normally. The pilot subsequently considered that he had allowed the airspeed to drop too low on final approach and he should have carried out a go–around. He also considered that on the approach he may have been distracted by the other aircraft, which were in the process of vacating the runway, rather than monitoring his airspeed.
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