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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144286
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Time:11:57 LT
Type:X-Air Falcon 700
Owner/operator:Tolga Kavak
Registration: G-CFIP
C/n / msn: BMAA/HB/540
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Dunnaval Road, Kilkeel, County Down -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Granard Airfield, County Longford, Ireland
Destination airport:Kilkeel Airfield, County Down
A microlight aircraft was caught by winds after diverting to Derryogue Airfield - X0DO, and crashed near Dunnaval Road, Kilkeel, County Down. The pilot was taken to hospital. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot initiated a diversion to a private airstrip to refuel but this became a weather diversion as conditions deteriorated. A strong westerly wind was blowing across the north-south airstrip, creating turbulence at low level. The pilot discontinued two approaches, due to wind and turbulence, and lost control on the third landing attempt. The aircraft crashed adjacent to the airstrip and the pilot suffered serious injuries.

At about 30 feet above the ground on short finals, the pilot sensed an increase in wind speed and turbulence. The aircraft began a roll to the right, which the pilot was unable to correct with aileron. He considered that a go-around was not possible due to the angle of bank and available engine power. His last recollection was of the aircraft rolling about 90 degrees to the right and seeing the ground rapidly rising to meet him through the forward windscreen.

The aircraft crashed in the foundations of a partly built house. Despite suffering serious injuries, the pilot quickly extricated himself from the wreckage and was joined by eyewitnesses who administered first aid. One of the witnesses, who had seen the aircraft shortly before the accident, described it appearing to struggle in the strong wind and, seemingly, hovering in the air.

The weather conditions deteriorated immediately after the accident, with heavy hail falling. An eyewitness reported the accident to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service who arrived on scene at 12:20 hours".

The AAIB report noted that "The aircraft was extensively damaged". As a result, the registration G-CFIP was cancelled by the CAA on 6/11/2012


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Revision history:

07-Mar-2012 22:45 RobertMB Added
08-Mar-2012 01:35 dennis707172 Updated [Country]
12-Mar-2012 22:55 PETER K Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Departure airport, Destination airport, Plane category, ]
20-Aug-2012 02:58 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
20-Aug-2012 02:59 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]
21-Aug-2012 23:14 ACTUAL PILOT Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
15-Sep-2012 13:59 Updated [Source]
12-Sep-2015 00:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Dec-2016 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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