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Aviation Safety Reporting System
|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : rfd|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Make Model Name||Small Aircraft, High Wing, 1 Eng, Fixed Gear|
|Flight Phase||landing other|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : private|
pilot : instrument
|Experience||flight time last 90 days : 250|
flight time total : 5000
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : critical|
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified cockpit|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : unable|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
On a flight from ind to rfd everything was normal until landing. I was on an IFR flight plan and the WX at rfd was VFR. I was cleared for a visibility approach to runway 18. I entered the pattern on a left downwind at 800' AGL. Turn to base and final was normal and I rolled out on the G/south as determined by the VASI lights. Final was normal until T/D. When the nose gear touched down it went down farther than seemed normal, and the aircraft started to porpoise. I heard a loud 'bang' and I applied power to go around. When power was applied the porpoising stopped and since the runway was 8199' long, I determined that I had sufficient runway remaining to allow a safe landing. I stopped easily in the remaining runway. When I turned off the runway I could feel that the nose tire was flat. I shut down the aircraft and got out. On looking at the aircraft I could see that the nose gear was flat and that the propeller had hit the runway and that the nose gear oleo strut had collapsed. At this point I am not aware of any further damage to the aircraft.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: PLT OF SMA ON LNDG NOTED THE ACFT ATTEMPTING TO PORPOISE. APPLIED POWER AND PORPOISING STOPPED. REDUCED POWER AGAIN AND CAME TO STOP ON RWY. POSTFLT INSPECTION REVEALED A BLOWN NOSE TIRE, FLAT NOSE STRUT, DAMAGED PROPELLER.
Narrative: ON A FLT FROM IND TO RFD EVERYTHING WAS NORMAL UNTIL LNDG. I WAS ON AN IFR FLT PLAN AND THE WX AT RFD WAS VFR. I WAS CLRED FOR A VIS APCH TO RWY 18. I ENTERED THE PATTERN ON A LEFT DOWNWIND AT 800' AGL. TURN TO BASE AND FINAL WAS NORMAL AND I ROLLED OUT ON THE G/S AS DETERMINED BY THE VASI LIGHTS. FINAL WAS NORMAL UNTIL T/D. WHEN THE NOSE GEAR TOUCHED DOWN IT WENT DOWN FARTHER THAN SEEMED NORMAL, AND THE ACFT STARTED TO PORPOISE. I HEARD A LOUD 'BANG' AND I APPLIED PWR TO GO AROUND. WHEN PWR WAS APPLIED THE PORPOISING STOPPED AND SINCE THE RWY WAS 8199' LONG, I DETERMINED THAT I HAD SUFFICIENT RWY REMAINING TO ALLOW A SAFE LNDG. I STOPPED EASILY IN THE REMAINING RWY. WHEN I TURNED OFF THE RWY I COULD FEEL THAT THE NOSE TIRE WAS FLAT. I SHUT DOWN THE ACFT AND GOT OUT. ON LOOKING AT THE ACFT I COULD SEE THAT THE NOSE GEAR WAS FLAT AND THAT THE PROP HAD HIT THE RWY AND THAT THE NOSE GEAR OLEO STRUT HAD COLLAPSED. AT THIS POINT I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY FURTHER DAMAGE TO THE ACFT.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of August 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.