Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, G-BCGT
The aircraft touched down heavily and bounced following an approach to Runway 26 at Compton Abbas, where the surface wind at the time of the accident was reported as 15 kt from the south southwest. The nose landing gear collapsed during the subsequent touchdown and second bounce. The propeller, engine and right wingtip were also damaged. The pilot considered that the use of full flap during the final approach reduced his ability to control the aircraft in a strong crosswind, and that he should have executed a missed approach immediately after the first touchdown.
Published 10 December 2014