Cessna 172S Skyhawk, G-YFZT
The aircraft was landing on grass Runway 29, with the wind from the northwest at less than 8 mph. Following a “good” final approach at 70 kt, with full flap selected, the aircraft bounced on touchdown. Thereafter, the pilot was unaware of any anomalies with the aircraft beyond the fact that the elevator controls felt stiff.
After parking, he performed a walk-round inspection of the aircraft and was satisfied that there was no damage. Later, an engineer found rippling of the floor panels and firewall, which accounted for the stiff elevator controls, and evidence that the propeller had struck the runway.
The pilot was of the opinion that he should have flown the final approach at a slightly slower speed (recommended final approach speed is 65 kt, with full flap) and that he may have flared too early. He also thought that the uneven nature of the runway surface may have played a part
Cessna 172S Skyhawk G-YFZT 02-14.pdf (47.41 kb)
Date of occurrence: 2 September 2013