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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188669
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:31-MAR-2016
Time:14:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Europa
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-OURO
C/n / msn: PFA 247-1252
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Burcott, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Holmbeck Airfield, Buckinghamshire
Destination airport:Holmbeck Airfield, Buckinghamshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Substantially damaged 31-3-2016 when crashed on take off from Holmbeck Farm Airfield, Soulbury Road, Burcott, near Wing, Buckinghamshire. Of the two persons on board, the pilot was uninjured, but the pilot sustained manor injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot of G-OURO was preparing to take off in order to demonstrate the aircraft to a potential buyer. He taxied to grass Runway 29 which is 517 metres long, and the wind was reported to be from 350 degrees at 5 knots. He performed the power checks, briefed his passenger and selected half flap before applying full power for takeoff.

The first 50 metres of the runway had an up-slope, but after this the aircraft accelerated normally, and the pilot rotated at 50 knots, by which time they were about 400 metres down the runway. The aircraft lifted off to a height of approximately 15 feet but then the right wing and nose dropped, causing the aircraft to strike the ground. It slid for about 10 metres and slewed to the right before coming to a halt with the nose landing gear collapsed.

The pilot is unsure whether he had set the pitch trim incorrectly or had applied too much rearward movement of the control column"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Nose landing gear collapsed, damage to propeller and engine cowl."

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/576809c5e5274a0da30000b7/Europa_G-OURO_07-16.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=OURO
3, http://web.archive.org/web/20161012093307/http://dunstablehpc.co.uk/site-guides/holmbeck-farm-airfield/
4. https://www.facebook.com/HolmbeckFarmAirfield/
5. http://flymartin.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/.

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jul-2016 16:21 Dr.John Smith Added
14-Jul-2016 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
10-Aug-2016 15:20 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location]

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