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Date:01-JUN-2009
Time:19:46
Type:Silhouette image of generic ECHO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tecnam P92-EM Echo
Owner/operator:Europa Valves Ltd
Registration: G-DWPF
C/n / msn: PFA 318-13838
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Dunnaval Road, Kilkeel, County Down, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Kilkeel Airfield, County Down
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 01-06-2009 when crashed at Dunnaval Road, Kilkeel, Northern Ireland: The aircraft stalled and rolled to the left on short final for Kilkeel Airfield when the pilot applied full power at low altitude to regain the desired approach path. The aircraft was damaged on impact with a wall in an agricultural compound south of the airfield boundary. The pilot was uninjured, but the passenger received severe injuries.The pair - both males - were taken to the nearby Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry suffering "non life-threatening" injuries. One was discharged, while the other remained in a "stable" condition, according to a spokesperson at the Southern NHS Trust. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"On the day of the accident the pilot completed several solo flights at a private airstrip before collecting a passenger for the short flight to nearby Kilkeel Airfield. He reported that the takeoff and flight were uneventful, and that the aircraft behaved normally. Approaching the northbound grass runway at Kilkeel, he initially flew the aircraft at an indicated airspeed of 60 knots, and then selected full flap.

Judging that the aircraft was lower than intended, he applied power and raised the nose, but, at a height of approximately 100 feet, found that this was insufficient to regain the desired approach path. He then applied full power and raised the nose further, at which point the aircraft rolled suddenly to the left. The pilot could not recall the control inputs he made after this manoeuvre, but remembered that the aircraft hit the ground banked to the right and in a nose down attitude.

The aircraft came to rest in an agricultural compound near the southern boundary of the airfield, approximately 60 metres west of the extended centreline of the runway, demolishing a low breeze block wall as it did so. There was no fire and, despite considerable damage to the aircraft, the cabin remained essentially intact, and provided a survivable space for both occupants. The pilot was able to vacate the aircraft unaided and assisted the emergency services with the evacuation of his passenger, who had sustained serious injury."

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Extensive damage to fuselage and left wing, right wing detached". The damage was presumably enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-DWPF was cancelled by the CAA on 25-01-2010

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/54230164ed915d1374000aa7/Tecnam_P92-EM_Echo__G-DWPF_10-09.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/men-lucky-to-be-alive-after-plane-crash-1-1885255
4. G-DWPF Tecnam P92-EM Echo 29 December 2008 at Jersey: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jerseyaviationimages/3150515654/in/photolist-5Npdxq-pmKDw7

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


Revision history:

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06-Nov-2016 20:27 Dr.John Smith Added

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