ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68352
Last updated: 5 December 2016
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Narrative:The aircraft was making an approach to land on Runway 26 at Humberside Airport, Kirmington, Ulceby, South Humberside. During the flare the aircraft rolled uncontrollably to the right and struck the ground. The aircraft came to rest inverted beside the runway, close to the fire training facility. The most probable reason for the uncommanded roll is that G‑BRWO had flown through the wake vortex generated by a Sikorsky S76 which had landed immediately before it. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee F
|C/n / msn:|| 28-7325548|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Humberside Airport, Kirmington, Ulceby, South Humberside -
|Destination airport:||Humberside Airport (HUY/EGNJ)|
"After being identified on radar, the pilot of G-BRWO was given instructions by ATC to join on left base leg for Runway 26, and was informed that he was number two on the approach behind a Sikorsky S76 helicopter. A Cessna 150 had landed on Runway 20 and it was given clearance to backtrack and exit at Taxiway Echo.
The S76 was given clearance to land at 15.42:44 hours and it subsequently descended into a low hover above Runway 26, before being given the following clearance “the Cessna 150 vacating at taxiway echo, give way to him, cut the corner if you wish, vacate charlie for heliport”.
The pilot of G-BRWO was then given the wind conditions, 250 degrees at 8 knots, and told to expect a late landing clearance. At 15.43:33 hours the S76 reported that it was clear of the runway and at 15.43:47 hours G-BRWO was cleared to land, which the pilot acknowledged. One minute and ten seconds after the acknowledgment of the landing clearance, ATC requested a position report from G-BRWO.
After several unacknowledged transmissions and requests to other traffic regarding the whereabouts of the aircraft, the AFRS were put on local standby for a possible incident within the airport boundary. At this point the pilot of a Robinson R22 helicopter, operating on the airfield, asked if the controller wished him to check the approach to Runway 26.
This offer was accepted and the R22 was cleared to fly towards the fire training facility. At 15.47:32 hours, the pilot of the R22 confirmed that there was an aircraft inverted close to the fire training facility. The AFRS were deployed to the accident site, arriving at the accident site at approximately 15.49:30 hrs, where they proceeded to make the aircraft safe.
The pilot reported that the final approach was normal but after crossing the runway threshold, in the flare, the aircraft rolled uncontrollably to the right and the right wing then made contact with the runway surface. The right wing structure then failed and the aircraft became inverted. The cockpit door had become jammed by the remains of the right wing, but with the use of considerable force, the pilot was able to open the door and escape from the aircraft unaided before the AFRS attended the scene. The pilot received first aid before being transported to hospital. There was no fire."
Damage sustained to airframe: Right wing detached and forward fuselage severely damaged. As a result, registration G-BRWO cancelled by the UK Civil Aviation authority 5/5/2010 as "aircraft permanently withdrawn from use"
1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422eb4de5274a1314000079/Piper_PA-28-140_Cherokee__G-BRWO_07-10.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BRWO
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