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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201153
Last updated: 10 November 2019
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Time:13:25 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-7A
Registration: G-ELVN
C/n / msn: LAA 323-14930
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sywell Aerodrome, Nottinghamshire (EGBK) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:EGBK
Investigating agency: AAIB
The RV-7 was substantially damage when nose landing gear collapsed on landing, Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire, according to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"This was the pilot’s third landing on grass and his second on Runway 23 at Sywell, having first landed on the same runway earlier that day. He recalled that the surface wind was from 280 degrees at 14 knots and that he flew a normal approach.

The aircraft was positioned over the centre line of the runway, however the pilot had difficulty judging the height above the runway and landed heavily on the nose landing gear which collapsed. The propeller struck the surface and the aircraft slid to a halt resting on the lower engine cowling.

Despite the tail-high attitude, the pilot and his passenger were able to open the canopy and escape forwards over the wing.

The pilot subsequently commented that just before touchdown he was not aware of any useful ground features in his field of vision to help him to judge his height accurately. On this 30 metres wide runway the edge markings are 3 metres x 1 metre chalked slabs, spaced 80 metres apart and slightly recessed into the ground. He said they were almost invisible just before touchdown and that the grass of the landing surface was too featureless to assist his precise judgement of the aircraft’s height.

The pilot stated that his successful landing earlier that day was made a few metres from the centre line and that he used the visual aspect of the centre line markings to ascertain his height."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, the airframe received "substantial" damage


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of G-ELVN courtesy

25 July 2015; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

10-Nov-2017 23:34 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2017 23:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Apr-2018 06:51 junior sjc Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]

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