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Date:07-JUN-2012
Time:09:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Europa XS TriGear
Owner/operator:Poet Pilot (UK) Ltd
Registration: G-EOFS
C/n / msn: PFA 247-1303
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Smokey Farm adj. to Smokey Cottage, Campions Hill, Nayland, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Beccles, Suffolk (EGSM)
Destination airport:Nayland Airfield, Suffolk
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The aircraft was attempting to land in nearby Nayland Airfield but travelled through a field and a footpath before crashing at the entrance to the driveway of Smokey Farm adjacent to Smokey Cottage, Nayland, Suffolk. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Final approach was flown with full flap set and the airspeed at about 60 knots. As the aircraft neared the runway, it experienced sink and the pilot applied power, arresting the descent. The flight path was regained but the aircraft also gained about 10 knots of airspeed. Touchdown occurred further along the runway than was intended and at a faster speed.

As the aircraft crested the top of the slope, the pilot decided that there was insufficient distance remaining in which to stop safely, so he decided to abort the landing.

The pilot applied full power and the aircraft became airborne. However, it only reached a height of about 15 to 20 feet before starting to sink slowly. Concentrating on the area ahead, the pilot felt unable to look inside the cockpit to move the flap control to the go-around setting of 15 degrees, so the flaps remained at full.

The aircraft continued at a very low height towards a hedgerow and the pilot attempted to clear it by applying a large amount of rearward control column. The tail or landing gear struck the hedgerow and the aircraft continued towards a concrete retaining wall running along the far side of a private driveway.

The pilot realised that he did not have the performance to clear the wall and, manoeuvring the aircraft to avoid hitting it, the right wingtip struck the ground. The aircraft yawed, crashed onto the driveway and came to rest facing back towards the airstrip. The pilot turned off the fuel and vacated the aircraft by the door, before helping his passenger to escape.

The pilot pulled his passenger, who was more seriously injured, to a safe distance and returned to secure the aircraft. There was no fire. All the emergency services attended the scene and the passenger was taken to Colchester Hospital, where he was found to have suffered broken bones and multiple lacerations. The pilot attended hospital later with smaller lacerations, grazing and a neck injury."

The aircraft was broken in two, with the fuselage snapped in half just aft of the engine compartment. Aircraft presumably damaged beyond repair, and written off, as registration G-EOFS cancelled/de-registered by the CAA as "destroyed" on 07/02/2013

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f267ed915d13710003eb/Europa_G-EOFS_09-12.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/suffolk-miracle-escape-for-pilot-and-passenger-as-plane-crashes-near-farm-1-1403607
4. https://www.suffolkfreepress.co.uk/news/latest-news/air-crash-report-date-1-4143655/
5. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000661556.html

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


Images:


At the scene just after the crash.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2012 11:05 gerard57 Added
07-Jun-2012 13:28 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
08-Sep-2012 15:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
13-Sep-2012 02:05 Anon. Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
12-May-2013 13:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
15-Sep-2015 13:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Sep-2015 13:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
31-Dec-2016 17:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]

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