First Flight Nearly The Last

Monday, May 14, 2018
By Martin Myall

AXA Crash Landing 01A learner pilot on his first solo had a nasty surprise when he lost his nose wheel and had to carry out an emergency landing at the Axarquía Aerodrome.

The incident occurred last Wednesday morning when the 22-year-old pilot came down too hard on his first landing attempt and decided to go around again and see if he could do better. Unfortunately he had left his nose wheel behind on the runway.

He probably thought that all was going well until the control tower informed him that: the good news is part of his aircraft had already landed; the bad news is that getting the rest of the aircraft down might be a bit tricky.

So, they told him to fly circuits around the aerodrome to use up his fuel whilst they laid a carpet of foam on the runway.

You can imagine how he felt on his first solo and having to land with no nose wheel…, which is what he did, and admirably well.

The nose undercarriage was intact except for the missing wheel, but as long as he could come in as slowly as possible without stalling, keeping his nose level as long as possible, there was a good chance that he could walk away from it.

And that’s what he did. Apart from the repair bill, he is probably feeling pretty damned chuffed.

(News: Torre de Mar, Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Malaga, Andalucia)

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