Rans S6-ES Coyote II, G-BYCN
The aircraft had taken off for a routine local flight covering the North Antrim Coast. The weather conditions were good with light winds. Returning to land on Runway 34, the pilot used full flap as usual, but noted that the rate of descent was less than expected and he thought he would land long. He explained this to the passenger and then flew a go-around. The second approach was successful but the aircraft floated further down the runway than normal, touching down on the main wheels with the nosewheel raised.
As the nose started to lower, with the speed reducing to about 20-25 mph, the aircraft hit a bump in the runway and was lifted into the air. As it settled back onto the runway on all three wheels, it encountered another bump which lifted the nose sharply upwards before dropping again, bending the nosewheel fork and allowing the propeller to strike the grass. The aircraft came to a halt and the pilot and passenger disembarked normally. The pilot was of the opinion that the bumpy nature of the runway was responsible for the accident; occurring at low speed meant that pitch authority to try and correct the situation was limited.
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