January 3, 2013 - 8:36am
The Air Accident Investigation Unit has released its final report into an airplane crash near Cornamona last year.
The pilot was not injured in the incident, which took place at Bréandroim at around 11 o' clock on the 24th of March.
The 61-year-old pilot was making a short 15-minute flight from his private airstrip at Cornamona to a field in Bréandroim.
The AAIU report states that the intended landing site, a field adjacent to his son's house, had a significant uphill gradient, in the intended landing direction.
The touchdown was made without any bounce but the aircraft rapidly dug in, pitching it forward on its nose and eventually landed upside down.
The report states that the probable application of brake, coupled with the combination of soft ground and the upslope, resulted in excessive loads being placed on the nose leg, causing failure.
There are no safety recommendations outlined in the report.