Saturday, February 14, 2015

Cirrus SR20, G-VGAG: Accident occurred November 12, 2014 at London Southend Airport

A pilot from Billericay badly damaged his plane after it bounced on landing at Southend Airport, the Gazette can reveal.

The incident saw the single engine propeller plane, a Cirrus SR20 that was built in 2005, bounce on the runway when it landed just before 10.40am.

Although the pilot powered up the engine to try and go around again for a better landing, his aircraft rolled to the left and its wing hit the runway.

Still in the air, it then carried on turning left before landing on a patch of grass.

It then carried on across a taxiway before finally stopping on another grassy area, 380m from the start of the runway.

An Air Accident Investigation Branch report said: “Neither the pilot or his passenger was injured but the aircraft sustained damage to its left wing, landing gear and propeller.

“The surface of the taxiway was also damaged, principally through propeller strikes and failing landing gear components.”

When contacted by the Gazette, the pilot, who was 68 when the incident happened on November 12 last year, said it was his first incident in 30 years of flying.

He had a total of 2,344 hours total flying time, of which 796 were experience flying the incident aircraft’s type.

Original article can be found at: http://www.brentwoodgazette.co.uk 

Accident Report: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/G-VGAG

https://www.gov.uk/aaib-report

Air Accidents Investigation Branch report

AAIB investigation to Cirrus SR20, G-VGAG

Published:    12 February 2015

Date of occurrence:    12 November 2014

Aircraft category:    General aviation - fixed wing

Report type:     Bulletin - Correspondence investigation

Aircraft type:     Cirrus SR20

Location:    London Southend Airport

Registration:    G-VGAG

Loss of control on landing, London Southend Airport, 12 November 2014.

Summary:

The pilot reported that the aircraft was being landed on asphalt Runway 24 when the accident occurred. The weather was fine, with a surface wind from 190° at 14 kt, and the runway surface was damp. The aircraft bounced after a firm touchdown and the pilot applied full power with the intention of flying a go-around. However, the aircraft rolled to the left and its wing struck the runway. The aircraft deviated to the left and landed on the grass beyond the runway edge. It continued across taxiway ‘B’ before coming to a rest on the grass beyond, 380 m from the runway threshold. Neither occupant was injured but the aircraft sustained damage to its left wing, landing gear and propeller. The surface of the taxiway was also damaged, principally through propeller strikes and failing landing gear components.

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