Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BSLK
Following an uneventful flight from Wellesbourne Mountford the pilot made an overhead join for a right-hand circuit to Runway 23 at Sandown Airport. The reported wind was 200º at 10 kt. On late final the pilot considered that he was too high and so decided to go around. He considered that his second approach appeared to have been normal. However, the aircraft touched down heavily and sooner than the pilot was expecting, before it bounced back into the air. The pilot decided to go around again. He flew a low-level circuit and landed without further incident, after which damage to the nose leg, engine mounting brackets and scuff marks on the propeller tips were found. The pilot considered that the heavy landing and subsequent bounce may have been due either to a misjudgement in height resulting in a late flare or that he had allowed the airspeed to reduce too much.
Date of occurrence: 29 August 2009