Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, G-BCJN
The student pilot returned to land at his home airfield following a first solo navigation exercise. He reported that his airspeed on final approach to the runway was too high, resulting in the aircraft bouncing first on the main landing gear, then onto the nose gear. The pilot initiated a go-around and completed a circuit before attempting a second approach. This time the approach was low and fast resulting in several bounces, before the pilot again rejected the landing. At this point his instructor telephoned the air traffic controller and relayed advice to the student. A third attempt was also rejected after a fast approach and bounced landing. At the request of the instructor, air traffic control then provided continuous instruction to the pilot, who managed to land safely. The aircraft had suffered structural damage as a result of the sequence of bounced landings, but the pilot was uninjured. It was unlikely that the damage incurred had any significant effect on the aircraft’s performance during the repeated go-arounds.
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, G-BCJN 04-10.pdf (225.01 kb)
Date of occurrence: 5 November 2009