WAKE TURBULENCE UPSET
The Quik GTR microlight was about to turn onto finals at Headcorn just as a twin-engine aircraft used by the airfield’s skydiving centre descended ahead onto finals. The microlight’s pilot made a turn away from the airfield to provide some separation, then turned onto and called finals for a nil-wind landing. When the microlight was about 30ft above the runway it rolled violently to the right in the wake of the twin that had just landed, and hit the ground in a nose-down attitude. It sustained severe structural damage to its wings, fuselage and cockpit area. The pilot suffered a fractured vertebra.