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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 171827
Last updated: 30 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F8L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aviamilano F-8L Falco
Registration: G-REEC
C/n / msn: 64
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Lewes, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:near Lewes, West Sussex
Destination airport:near Lewes, West Sussex
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft was on a local flight from a grass airstrip. Runway 28 was being used, with fine weather conditions and a light surface wind varying between calm and 8 kt from 270°. The airstrip was 505 m long, with a ditch and medium sized trees crossing just beyond the upwind end. The pilot, who had flown from the airstrip on numerous occasions, described the grass as damp.

The pilot reported flying a normal approach, crossing the threshold at 68 kt. Following touchdown, he applied moderate brake pressure but the aircraft did not decelerate as expected. He decided to abort the landing; flaps were raised to the takeoff position, the propeller control was checked fully fine and full power was applied to fly a go-around. The aircraft lifted off but was unable to clear the trees at the end of the airstrip, coming to an abrupt stop as it flew into them.

The pilot remarked that the crumpling of the wooden structure and the breaking of the trees served to absorb most of the aircraft’s energy, leaving him uninjured. He was able to make the switches safe and slide open the canopy before vacating in a normal manner.



Revision history:

02-Dec-2014 17:14 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Dec-2014 01:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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