Cessna 172S Skyhawk, G-SHSP
The student pilot completed a 55-minute dual flight, practising visual circuits, before embarking on a solo flight to continue his circuit practise. The weather was fine, with good visibility and calm conditions. The first solo circuit proceeded normally until just before touchdown, when the pilot slightly over-flared the aircraft. To stop the aircraft climbing again, he moved the control column forward before re-applying rearwards pressure. The aircraft landed on its main wheels but then rocked forward onto its nose wheel. This rocking motion continued for about three cycles before the aircraft settled normally on its landing gear. The pilot taxied the aircraft from the runway but it was later found to have sustained damage to its propeller, engine and nose landing gear.
Cessna 172S Skyhawk G-SHSP 08-12.pdf (217.15 kb)
Date of occurrence: 13 April 2012