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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 241181
Last updated: 12 September 2020
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Date:05-JUN-2019
Time:14:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vans RV-9
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-CDXT
C/n / msn: PFA 320-14376
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Whippingham, 1 1⁄2 miles, south of East Cowes, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Private Airstrip, Sussex
Destination airport:Private Airstrip, Whippingham, near Cowes, Isle of Wight
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
AAIB investigation to Vans RV-9, G-CDXT: Aircraft stalled on final approach, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, 5 June 2019 (Published 10 September 2020):

"The pilot had planned to fly on an overseas trip in G-CDXT, the aircraft being owned by a friend. Most of the pilot’s flying experience had been gained on tail-dragging aircraft and he owned a Piper Cub which he operated from a 580 metre long private grass airstrip on the Isle of Wight.

A few weeks prior to the accident, the pilot had flown G-CDXT with the owner in order to familiarise himself with the aircraft. The flight had taken place at Clacton Airfield which has a grass runway just over 500 m in length. The dual flight was uneventful and the pilot then undertook a solo flight in the aircraft, again with no problems.

On the day of the accident, the pilot had flown in his Piper Cub to a private airstrip in Sussex to collect G-CDXT and fly it back to the airstrip he used on the Isle of Wight. On his return, the weather was good with a westerly wind of about 10 knots.

The pilot positioned G-CDXT for an approach to the grass strip, which was orientated into wind. He reported he had been deliberately low on the approach and that just prior to landing the aircraft had encountered ‘windshear’, causing it to lose height.

The pilot thought the aircraft would hit a low hedge situated at the boundary of the airfield and applied nose-up elevator to avoid it. He did not apply power at the same time. The aircraft stalled, hitting the ground near the start of the airstrip sufficiently hard to cause the undercarriage to collapse and damaging the propeller, wing leading edges and fuel tank. The pilot was uninjured and made the aircraft safe before climbing out unaided."

Damage sustained to airframe:
Per the above AAIB report, "Collapsed landing gear, damage to propeller and wing edges and punctured fuel tank"



Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f3cf83c8fa8f51741ca5d86/Vans_RV-9_G-CDXT_09-20.pdf
2. https://www.rvuk.co.uk/rv-uk-list/
3. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/G-CDXT
4. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/6432672
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whippingham

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of G-CDXT courtesy AirHistory.net


Old Warden (EGTH)
7 October 2012; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Sep-2020 17:09 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Sep-2020 06:17 harro Updated [Accident report, ]

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