The Super Cub’s pilot took off from the farm strip, from which he had flown for 23 years, to prepare for a skills test to revalidate his licence. After several circuits and manoeuvres, including practicing a baulked landing, he made his final approach to Rwy 03. The wind was north-easterly at 6kt, and no unusual turbulence was felt during the approach, but after touching down and rolling some 25m the aircraft suddenly swung right. The pilot reacted by increasing power and taking off again, but he could not prevent the right wing from striking a stationary combine harvester. The aircraft came to rest upside down. The injured pilot, who escaped through the door onto the upturned right wing, concluded that a sudden gust of wind had caused the swing and later discovered that, just before the accident, a person spraying nearby crops had experienced such squally conditions that he stopped work.
The Ikarus C42 — a tough and durable microlight used by many clubs for flight training