‘Wind-speed boost made plane overshoot runway’ Musician suffered back injury after craft flipped over in field
Crash investigators have concluded that an increase in the wind speed contributed to a light aircraft crashing in a Moray field.
The single-propeller plane came to rest upside down in earth at Shempston Airfield, near Lossiemouth, in February.
Now investigators from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have revealed a change in the weather conditions may have contributed to the crash.
Elgin-based pilot Vic Flett made three attempts to land the plane – aborting each time before trying again.
On the fourth attempt, the plane touched down later than normal on the grass runway, which resulted in a “high groundspeed” combined with the tailwind.
The Societe Aeronautique Normande Jodel D117 aircraft, which dates back to 1957, came to rest upside down in a ploughed field after the landing wheels dug into the soft soil. The pilot, who was 68 at the time, was then taken to Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin for treatment for a minor back injury before being allowed home the same day.
The AAIB report adds: “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.”
WRECKED: The AAIB revealed that the plane was damaged beyond repair as a result of the crash back in February