Aquila AT01, G-GAEA
The accident occurred on Runway 10 at Blackpool Airport in CAVOK conditions and with a 140/09 wind. It was the student pilot’s first solo landing after having completed six dual circuits. During the landing, the instructor observed that the aircraft rounded out too high. The nose was seen to lower and raise again, resulting in a bounce on the main wheels. The nose was lowered once more and the nosewheel and propeller contacted the ground. The student brought the aircraft to a stop on the runway and shut it down; the emergency services attended the scene. The student was unhurt but the aircraft sustained damage to the nose landing gear and propeller. The pilot considered that the approach was too fast and that a go-around should have been executed after the bounce.
Published 10 December 2014