AAIB investigation Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II, G-BHWZ
Pitch oscillations during landing, Compton Abbas Airfield, 19 March 2014.
The aircraft was landing on the grass Runway 26 at Compton Abbas when the accident occurred. The weather conditions were fine, with a light westerly wind. The pilot reported flying a normal approach with full flap, achieving a smooth touchdown about 100 m beyond the runway numbers. During the rollout the aircraft suddenly pitched nose-up, followed by three further pitch oscillations of reducing severity. The pilot described the motion as being as if the aircraft had encountered a bump and he thought that an unseen undulation, associated with a footpath that crosses the runway, may have contributed to the event.
Date of occurrence: 19 March 2014