Bolkow BO 208C Junior, G-AVLO
Whilst on base leg, the pilot noted that the aircraft was higher and faster than usual. On final approach, 250 m from the runway threshold, the aircraft was still 15 kt faster than its normal approach speed of 65 kt. The pilot became concerned that the aircraft’s excess speed might result in an overrun and attempted to touch down shortly after crossing the runway threshold. Whilst he was monitoring the aircraft’s speed, it touched down on an up-sloping section of the runway, which resulted in the collapse of the nose landing gear and the propeller striking the ground. The pilot and his passenger were uninjured. The pilot attributed the accident his preoccupation with the aircraft’s speed to the detriment of his positional awareness. In hindsight, he considers that it would have been more appropriate to go around rather than continue with the approach.
Published 10 December 2014