Socata TB 20 Trinidad GT, N565G
On approach to land the pilot was flying slightly faster than the normal approach speed because of strong, gusty surface wind conditions. As he was approaching the normal touchdown point, at approximately 10 ft agl, the aircraft’s nose suddenly dropped and there was a large reduction in the aircraft’s indicated airspeed. He tried to correct this, but he aircraft bounced on its nose wheel before landing on the main landing gear. Upon vacating the aircraft he discovered that 5 cm of each propeller tip had been bent as a result of striking the runway. An eyewitness to the landing of other aircraft and the accident aircraft stated that he had noticed a lot of them “drop dramatically” on approach and believed the pilot could not have done anything else in the circumstances.
N565G 1-06.pdf (164.51 kb)
Date of occurrence: 9 October 2005