‘Wind-speed boost made plane over­shoot run­way’ Mu­si­cian suf­fered back in­jury af­ter craft flipped over in field

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY DAVID MACKAY

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.