Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-BOMO
Whilst flying a consolidation solo circuit, the student pilot had to execute an ‘S-turn’ on final to maintain separation from the aircraft ahead. This destabilised her approach, resulting in her aircraft being higher than planned as she neared the runway. The pilot reduced power to achieve a steeper glide angle, but she considered that the aircraft was still too high as she passed over the runway threshold. The aircraft then touched down heavily on the runway and bounced. The pilot applied power again, but this failed to prevent a further heavy bounce. As the aircraft touched down for a third time, the nosewheel collapsed and the aircraft skidded to a halt at the edge of the runway. The pilot felt, in retrospect, that she had not applied sufficient power to recover the landing following the initial bounce.
A correction was published regarding this report in the April 2010 Bulletin
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Published 10 December 2014