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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232181
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Date:19-OCT-2019
Time:09:45
Type:Pegasus Quik GT450
Owner/operator:Mid Anglia Microlights Ltd
Registration: G-CGNK
C/n / msn: 8536
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Beccles Aerodrome, Ellough, 2 NM south-east of Beccles, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Beccles Airport (EGSM)
Destination airport:Beccles Airport (EGSM)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Pegasus Quik GT450, G-CGNK: Substantially damaged due to Loss of control during landing, Beccles Aerodrome, Ellough, 2 Nautical Miles south-east of Beccles, Suffolk, 19 October 2019. The official AAIB report was published on 9 January 2020, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"The Quick GT 450 is a two-seat, weight-shift microlight. It is normally flown from the front seat but may be flown from the rear seat when instructing. The front seat position is fitted with a foot operated engine throttle and a hand throttle is positioned to the left of the front seat so that it could be used by both front and rear seat occupants.

The reported weather was from the south-west at about 7 knots, which was within the aircraft’s crosswind landing limit. The pilot commented that when the wind had a southerly component at Beccles Aerodrome, nearby buildings and trees could result in turbulence during landing.

The pilot also referred to reduced control authority when flying the aircraft from the rear seat that had led to lessons being cancelled due to non favourable wind conditions, but he considered that the weather on the day was suitable.

Following an uneventful training sortie, the aircraft was positioned onto the approach for Runway 27, but a go-around was flown due to turbulence on short final. The second approach was described by the pilot as being stable but, when the aircraft was between 6 and 10 feet above the runway, it experienced “strong sink” that caused the aircraft to rapidly pitch down and roll to the right. The pilot described this as happening very quickly and he was unable to prevent the aircraft from landing firmly. The trike then tipped onto its right side and slid along the runway for about 20 feet before coming to a stop. The pilot and passenger were released from the aircraft with assistance from airfield staff.

The pilot believed that had he been able to quickly increase engine power he may have been able to arrest the rate of descent at touchdown and prevent the accident. However, the position of the hand throttle and need to reposition his hand from the control bar meant that this was unlikely to have been possible in the time available. The pilot suggested that a modification to install a throttle control closer to hand when flying from the rear seat would be advantageous when instructing".

Damage sustained by the airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Severe damage to airframe and wing". The damage sustained was presumably severe enough to render the 2010-built airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the aircraft was de-registered by the CAA on 17 April 2020 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f452ab18fa8f51f7530556e/Quik_GT450_G-CGNK_01-20.pdf
2. https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ukairfields/50056050506/in/photolist-2jghkTy-2jcAAw5-2hZtqDu/
4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/117073576@N08/50014345752/in/photolist-2jghkTy-2jcAAw5-2hZtqDu/
5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/158830710@N02/49220792038/in/photolist-2jghkTy-2jcAAw5-2hZtqDu/

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

Media:

Pegasus Quik GT450 G-CGNK after its crash, Beccles, Suffolk 19 October 2019 (bottom left picture)

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Jan-2020 17:30 Dr. John Smith Added
18-Jan-2020 10:56 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Accident report, ]
17-Oct-2020 00:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Accident report]
17-Oct-2020 01:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2020 01:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage, Narrative]

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