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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1023
Last updated: 3 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J/1N (Modified)
Owner/operator:Electronic Precision Ltd
Registration: G-AHCL
C/n / msn: 1977
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Caernarfon Airport, 4.6 miles SW of Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Caernarfon Airport (EGCK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
After an uneventful landing, the pilot taxied the aircraft to the apron where he carried out a 180 degree' turn to facilitate his re-entry onto the taxiway after disembarking a passenger and baggage. As the aircraft started to taxi with the control column fully aft, the effect of a quartering crosswind began to turn the aircraft left towards a hangar. The pilot applied full right rudder and used progressive application of right wheel brake to correct the turn, which brought the wind onto the aircraft's tail, whereupon it began to rise. The pilot immediately released the brakes and closed the throttle, in an attempt to lower the tail, but it continued to rise until the nose of the aircraft struck the ground, damaging the propeller and engine cowlings.

The pilot considered that the combination of the down slope of the apron, the aircraft's forward CG position and the fact that there was now only a single occupant, negated his efforts to bring the aircraft under control. Damage to wing and propeller.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of G-AHCL courtesy

Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
1 September 2012; (c) Mick Bajcar

RAF Gaydon 14th September 1963

Gloucestershire (Staverton) (EGBJ) Airport, UK - 9th February 1957

Revision history:

26-Jan-2008 05:34 JINX Added
10-Dec-2012 14:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Dec-2014 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
21-Aug-2016 18:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
05-Feb-2020 18:02 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
18-Feb-2020 17:11 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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