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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220687
Last updated: 15 December 2019
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Time:14:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic F8L model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aeromere F-8L Falco Series 3 (Modified)
Registration: G-PDGG
C/n / msn: 208
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Meppershall Airfield, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Meppershall Airfield, Bedfordshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Falco F8L Series 3 (Modified), G-PDGG: Overran runway on landing, Meppershall Airfield, Bedfordshire, 24 September 2018. The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 10 January 2019, and the following is an extract from it:

"The pilot approached Runway 24 with full flap selected. During the landing roll, application of the brakes caused the aircraft to veer right and towards a hedge. The pilot had to release the brakes to correct the aircraft’s direction. The same thing happened when the brakes were reapplied. As a result, he was unable to stop the aircraft overrunning the runway.

The pilot was uninjured but unable to exit the aircraft unaided because the rearwards sliding canopy was jammed from the accident. The brakes on this aircraft were operated by a single, heel operated, pedal which applied both wheel brakes together. An engineer, experienced on type, found that only the right brake was operating normally. The left brake was not adjusted correctly and therefore did not apply any braking to its wheel.

The pilot commented that, in future, when he visits a new private airfield he will “carry out a missed approach and overfly at low level”, to assess its geography and layout before landing.

He also recommended that owners of similar aircraft, without a canopy jettison system, have a properly stowed escape assist device available to allow the canopy to be broken for emergency egress, should it become jammed."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Propeller, crankshaft and nose landing gear broken, engine bearer bent and damage to rear fuselage".


1. AAIB Report:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Falco F.8L G-PDGG in a ditch at Meppershall Airfield, Bedfordshire 24 September 2018 (top right hand picture)


Photo of G-PDGG courtesy

24 April 2011; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

10-Jan-2019 21:50 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jan-2019 21:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jan-2019 14:32 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Accident report, ]

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