This sobering video from Tucson, AZ shows a nose gear collapse in a Remos G3. The accident occurred during a training flight with a student pilot at the controls. After flying a high approach, the aircraft lands hard, appears to bounce, then the nose gear collapses. According to the student pilot’s remarks, the airplane stalled prior to touch down, but I don’t buy it.
What really went wrong?
First off, this airplane did not stall. According to Remos, the G3 600 has a power-off stall speed of 45 mph and power-on stall speed of 49 mph. Just prior to impact, the airspeed indicator shows a speed just over 50 mph. Of course, stall is based on angle-of-attack and the actual speed at which an airplane stalls will vary. In this case, the pilot is in ground effect and is below max gross weight, both factors lowering the speed at which the wing will stall. Furthermore, there is a notable absence of a stall warning (edit – according to commenters, there is no stall horn on the Remos), which ought to have been blaring had a stall actually occurred.
The real problem lies in the flair. As the airplane enters ground effect, the pilot lifts the nose and balloons. He then overcorrects by pushing the nose over, generally a bad idea, and flies the airplane into the ground.
Next, the airplane bounces, and this is where it gets real ugly. As the plane lifts into the air, the pilot pushes the nose way down. Just look at that pitch attitude prior to the second touch-down! As promised, the nose gear collapses and the beautiful LSA suffers some scrapes and a prop-strike.
Let this be a reminder to land with your nose up, and if the approach doesn’t look good, please go-around. This is also a sobering reminder as to why flight instructors have to be on guard all of the time.
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