Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BGWU
After landing, when the nose wheel made contact with the ground, the aircraft veered uncontrollably to the left. The aircraft struck a low grass bank, damaging the propeller and fuselage, causing the nose and left landing gear to break off. Both the pilot and passenger were uninjured. An examination of aircraft immediately after the incident showed that the left landing gear attachment bolt had failed at the location of a pre-existing crack, associated with an area of bolt deformation.
Published 10 December 2014