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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223168
Last updated: 10 October 2020
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Time:11:05 LT
Type:Pioneer 300 Pioneer
Registration: G-RABS
C/n / msn: PFA 330-14563
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Strathaven Airfield, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Strathaven Airfield, South Lanarkshire,
Destination airport:Strathaven Airfield, South Lanarkshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Pioneer 300 Pioneer, G-RABS damaged in a Hard landing, Strathaven Airfield, South Lanarkshire, 11 November 2018. The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 14 February 2019, and the following is an excerpt from it...

"The pilot had taken off from Strathaven Airfield for a local flight. Shortly after getting airborne the weather started to deteriorate, and the pilot decided to return to the airfield to land on grass Runway 09. The OAT (Outside Air Temperature) was about 8C and light rain.

During the final stages of the approach the pilot selected the cabin heat ON. Shortly after, the inside of the windshield rapidly misted up, obscuring the pilots forward view. The pilot subsequently misjudged the flare and the aircraft landed heavily, causing the nose gear to collapse and the propeller to strike the runway. The aircraft came to a stop shortly after on the runway. The pilot was uninjured.

The pilot considered that the late application of cabin heat had most likely caused warm moist air within the cockpit to condense on the windscreen."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Propeller and nose landing gear damage plus minor damage to lower cowlings and firewall".


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-RABS courtesy

15 August 2010; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

17-Mar-2019 23:08 Dr. John Smith Added

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