Rans S6-ES Coyote II, G-BZBX
The aircraft was returning to land after a short local flight. The pilot reported that he settled the aircraft about three feet above the runway and as he flared and closed the throttle to land, the aircraft dropped without warning, landing heavily on the main landing gear. It then bounced and the second touchdown was on the nose landing gear, which collapsed, causing the propeller to strike the ground. The pilot candidly commented that he may have reduced the power too quickly with the nose-high attitude, but noted that unexpected sink had been experienced by other pilots that day.
Published 10 December 2014