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Accident description
Last updated: 20 June 2018
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 16 August 2017
Time:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic C208 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:Army Parachute Association
Registration: G-CPSS
C/n / msn: 208B-1059
First flight: 2004
Engines: 1 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-114A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Netheravon Airport (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Netheravon Airport (EGDN), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Netheravon Airport (EGDN), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft was being operated by a sport parachute club and was on the fifth sortie of the day dropping parachutists over Netheravon Airfield from heights up to 13,000 ft. Following a rapid descent, the aircraft was stabilised for the final approach to runway 22 with flap 30 set, airspeed 85 kt and propeller rpm set to max. The weather was good with a surface wind from 200° at 13 kt. The aircraft was stabilized but, on short finals at about 150 to 200 ft, the aircraft started to drop, which the pilot described as "the sensation... of being rapidly pushed down", or windshear. He tried to pull up to correct the descent but landed heavily in a flat, nose down attitude. The aircraft skidded along the grass runway, veering off to the right and coming to a halt alongside the runway. During the landing, the nose landing gear broke off and the propeller contacted the ground. When the aircraft stopped, the pilot isolated the fuel and electrical systems and vacated through the normal exit.
An internal investigation identified that the aircraft had touched down in the undershoot and the nose landing gear had probably broken when it encountered a shallow drainage ditch.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 176 days (6 months)
Accident number: EW/G2017/08/15
Download report: Summary report

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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