Diamond Aircraft Industries DA20-C1, G-NIKK
Following a normal approach for a ‘touch and go’ landing on a grass runway the aircraft touched down smoothly on its main wheels which was followed by gently lowering the nose wheel. Engine power was applied and the flaps selected to their takeoff position when a bang was heard and the aircraft stopped violently and came to rest in a nose down position. Examination revealed that the nose landing gear leg had failed in overload following severe plastic deformation consistent with a high upward vertical load being applied to the nose wheel. It was not possible to determine the number of flights between when the deformation occurred and the final failure.
Published 10 December 2014