SEA93LA204
SEA93LA204

On September 18, 1993, at 1915 hours Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182E, N3117Y, nosed over during the landing roll at a private airstrip near Quilcene, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged and the certificated private pilot and his three passengers were not injured. The flight had originated from Arlington, Washington, at 1830 as a pleasure flight.

During a telephone interview and subsequent written statement, the pilot reported that the airplane's airspeed was slow while on final approach and power adjustments were made to clear a fence near the runway. The airplane was flared at the end of the airstrip and the pilot stated that "...it (the airplane) just fell about four feet and bounced a little and rolled down the runway for 100 feet..." The pilot stated that the nose wheel broke off then and the airplane nosed over.

During the post-crash investigation, the nose gear fork was found to be broken in several areas. The nose gear fork was sent to the National Transportation Safety Board, Materials Laboratory for a metallurgical examination. The specialist reported that all of the fractures were consistent with overstress separations.

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