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Summary

On 2 January 2017, the pilot of a Van’s RV-6A aircraft, registered VH-TJM, conducted a private local flight from Starke Field aircraft landing area (ALA), Queensland. At about 1029 Eastern Standard Time, after a flight of about 85 minutes, the aircraft approached to land at the ALA on runway 15. The aircraft landed heavily, bounced back into the air, and as it contacted the ground again, the nose landing gear collapsed. The propeller struck the runway and the aircraft nosed over and came to rest inverted. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.

The ATSB found that the aircraft landed heavily at a high rate of descent and groundspeed, with the nose wheel touching down very soon after the main wheels. This probably led to the nose landing gear collapsing.

Aviation Short Investigations Bulletin - Issue 59

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