WAKE TUR­BU­LENCE UP­SET

Pilot - - SAFETY MATTERS -

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.

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