April 06, Lakeland, Fla. / Cessna 182


At about 18:15 eastern time, a Cessna 182Q registered to the Civil Air Patrol was damaged in a hard landing at Lakeland-Linder Regional Airport. The pilot reported no injuries. The pilot said she made a normal landing and was holding back pressure on the yoke. During the landing rollout she felt a shudder after the nose wheel touched down on the runway. She assumed she had blown a tire. She informed the control tower that she had blown a tire and rolled to a stop on the side of the runway. After exiting the airplane she observed that the nose wheel was flat and both propeller tips were curled aft. Investigators concluded the nose wheel had struck the runway first, bending the firewall and fuselage.


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