The pilot, accompanied by a passenger, was attempting to land the RV-7A at an airport in Altoona, Pa. He maintained 80 mph on final approach and slowed to 70 mph at touchdown.
Upon touchdown on the main landing gear, a wind gust occurred, and the airplane ballooned, then came down hard on the nose landing gear, which collapsed.
The airplane then rolled off the runway onto grass and nosed over. Both the pilot and passenger were seriously injured.
Both occupants reported having their lap belts “snug” but not as tight as they could have been. Both occupants sustained head and neck injuries from hitting the canopy.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s improper recovery from an encounter with a wind gust during landing, which resulted in a hard landing on, and displacement of, the nose landing gear and a subsequent runway excursion and noseover.
NTSB Identification: ERA13LA288
This June 2015 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.