ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 144286
Last updated: 18 January 2017
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Narrative: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:
|Type:||X-Air Falcon 700|
|Owner/operator:||Tolga Kavak |
|C/n / msn:|| BMAA/HB/540|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Near Dunnaval Road, Kilkeel, County Down -
|Departure airport:||Granard Airfield, County Longford, Ireland|
|Destination airport:||Kilkeel Airfield, County Down|
"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
1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f88ce5274a131400069d/X_air_Falcon_700_1__G-CFIP_09-12.pdf
2. CAA; https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=CFIP
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