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Morane Saulnier MS.893E Rallye 180GT, G-BFGS

Date of occurrence: 31 July 2011

Summary:
The pilot had established the aircraft on approach to Runway 29 at 60 kt with full flap - the wind was from 220° at 10 kt. The runway was a 500 m unlicensed grass strip with an upslope at the Runway 29 end. The pilot was aiming to touch down at the location where the runway became level, but he touched down just before it and the aircraft bounced. The aircraft bounced a second time with a nose high attitude, then the nose dropped and the aircraft touched down nosewheel first causing the nose landing gear leg to fail. After the aircraft came to rest on its nose the pilot was able to exit the aircraft unassisted. The pilot assessed that the aircraft probably stalled during the second bounce.

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Report name:
Morane Saulnier MS.893E Rallye 180GT, G-BFGS
Registration:
G-BFGS
Type:
Morane Saulnier MS.893E Rallye 180GT
Location:
Holmbeck Farm Airfield, Buckinghamshire
Date of occurrence:
31 July 2011
Category:
General Aviation - Fixed Wing
Summary:
The pilot had established the aircraft on approach to Runway 29 at 60 kt with full flap - the wind was from 220° at 10 kt. The runway was a 500 m unlicensed grass strip with an upslope at the Runway 29 end. The pilot was aiming to touch down at the location where the runway became level, but he touched down just before it and the aircraft bounced. The aircraft bounced a second time with a nose high attitude, then the nose dropped and the aircraft touched down nosewheel first causing the nose landing gear leg to fail. After the aircraft came to rest on its nose the pilot was able to exit the aircraft unassisted. The pilot assessed that the aircraft probably stalled during the second bounce.