Cessna R172K Hawk XP, G-FANL
The pilot was flying circuits at Haverfordwest Airfield, Pembrokeshire. The weather conditions were good, with a 15 kt southerly wind, and Runway 21 was in use. The first circuit was normal, although the pilot noted some light wind sheer and turbulence on final approach. During the landing flare after the second circuit, in mild turbulence, a greater sink rate than normal was experienced and the aircraft bounced. Full power was applied but the aircraft pitched nose down, rolled right and landed heavily on its nose wheel, with the propeller striking the ground. The pilot realised that the landing was heavy, so he closed the throttle and taxied back to the parking apron where he shut the aircraft down. A visual inspection revealed damage to the propeller and the geometry of the nose landing gear. The pilot considered that the accident was caused by the starboard wing stalling, after the aircraft had bounced, resulting in the aircraft not remaining airborne when he applied full power.
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Date of occurrence: 2 October 2010