Flight Design CTSW, G-CGHE
The aircraft had just returned from a local flight and approached the airfield in light winds. As the aircraft touched down, it bounced on its main wheels, followed by a second heavy impact which caused significant damage, including the collapse of the nose landing gear. It then rolled onto the left and the right wing before coming to rest. The pilot, who had been wearing a full harness, was uninjured. The pilot considered that the bounce at touchdown was caused by flaring the aircraft too late. After becoming airborne again he attempted to lessen a second impact by pitching the nose up. He considered that this then lead to a stall and the subsequent heavy landing. In a frank statement he indicated that, in hindsight, he should have applied full power and gone around after the first bounce.
Flight Design CTSW, G-CGHE 05-10.pdf (213.20 kb)
Published 10 December 2014