Winda fac­torin air­craft crash: re­port

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - LOCALNEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

Crash in­ves­ti­ga­tors said an in­crease in wind speed con­trib­uted to an air­craft crash­ing in a Mo­ray field.

The sin­gle-pro­pel­ler plane came to rest up­side down in earth at Shemp­ston Air­field, near Lossiemouth, in Fe­bru­ary.

The Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (AAIB) have re­vealed a change in the weather con­di­tions may have con­trib­uted to the crash.

El­gin-based Vic Flett, who runs Sound & Vi­sion mu­sic shop in the town, aborted three at­tempts to land the plane.

On the fourth at­tempt the plane touched down later than nor­mal on the grass run­way, which re­sulted in a “high ground­speed” com­bined with

“Dur­ingthe flight­thewind in­creasedto about13­knots”

the tail­wind.

The So­ci­ete Aero­nau­tique Nor­mande Jodel D117 air­craft, which dated to 1957, came to rest up­side down in a ploughed field.

Res­cuers helped Mr Flett, who was 68 at the time of the crash, out of the plane. He was treated for a mi­nor back in­jury at Dr Gray’s Hos­pi­tal in El­gin and al­lowed home that day.

The Air Ac­ci­dents In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch re­port said the plane was dam­aged be­yond re­pair.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded: “The air­craft over­ran the run­way into a ploughed field caus­ing the air­craft to come to rest in­verted.

“The wind in­creased to about 13 knots. The touch­down on the fourth ap­proach was later than nor­mal which, com­bined with the tail­wind com­po­nent, re­sulted in a higher ground-speed.

“The air­craft wheel brakes are not nor­mally used for land­ing de­cel­er­a­tion and the pi­lot was un­able to stop be­fore run­ning off the end of the run­way.”

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