Flight Design CTSW, G-CENE
The aircraft was returning to Barton having completed a four-leg day trip. The wind was slightly gusty from a north-westerly direction at 12 kt. Following a normal approach to Runway 27L, just before touching down, the pilot became aware that the aircraft was drifting towards the left edge of the runway. He applied rudder to correct the drift. The aircraft touched down, initially on the main landing gear; however, it bounced and continued to drift, at low speed, towards longer grass at the left edge of the runway. The nose landing gear then contacted the runway surface, immediately collapsing and the aircraft quickly came to rest. The pilot shut down the aircraft normally. Both occupants were uninjured and exited the aircraft without difficulty. The pilot considered that he should have performed a go-around when the aircraft had begun to drift to the side of the runway. Correcting the drift had taken his attention away from the flare and touchdown. The aircraft had touched down in a slightly flat attitude and the pilot thought the control column may have been moved forward in the bounce.
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