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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 242560
Last updated: 17 September 2020
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Date:25-MAR-2020
Time:16:19 UTC
Type:Glos-Airtourer 150
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AXIX
C/n / msn: A527
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Almeley Wootton, approx. 5 nm south-west of Shobdon, Herefordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Shobdon Airport (EGBS)
Destination airport:Private Airstrip, Almeley Wootton, Herefordshire
Narrative:
AAIB investigation to Glos-Airtourer 150, G-AXIX: Hard landing, Almeley Wootton, 25 March 2020. The official AAIB final report into the incident was published on 11 June 2020, ahd the following is the summary from it:

"The pilot and passenger were flying from Shobdon Airport in Herefordshire to a grass airstrip near Almeley Wootton (approximately 5 nm south-west of Shobdon). After flying in the local area for an hour the pilot made an approach to land on the north-westerly runway. The wind was approximately 5 kt across the runway.

The pilot reported he landed on the main wheels but as the nosewheel touched down the aircraft started to oscillate in pitch. The nosewheel detached, the propeller struck the ground and the aircraft came to a sudden stop. Neither occupant was injured and they were both able to exit the aircraft normally.

The pilot believes the accident was caused by a slightly higher ground speed than he was use to, due to the lack of headwind, and him closing the throttle slightly early causing the aircraft to drop onto the runway. He was aware he was landing on a short runway so did not want to land too far along it.

The pilot reported that as the aircraft came to a sudden halt the fire extinguisher, which was mounted at the back of the baggage compartment, came loose and travelled past the passengerís head and through the windscreen. When the aircraft is repaired, he intends to relocate the fire extinguisher behind the seats to ensure it is secure".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB final report "Nosewheel, propeller, wing and canopy damaged".

The incident was also reported in "Flyer" magazine (September 2020 page 50 - see link #1) which reported "the fire extinguisher punched a neat circular hole in the windscreen" and "pilots need to be reminded that sudden stops can happen too - even in an aircraft...what might have happened if the baggage hold had been stuffed with Beaujolais or whatever else we carry 'down the back'?"

Perhaps it was no mere coincidence that G-AXIX was sold on and re-registered to a new owner on 30 June 2020, just three months later...

Sources:

1. Flyer Magazine (September 2020 issue, page 50): https://www.flyer.co.uk/flyer-september-2020/
2. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f3bda8de90e0732ddaf4335/Glos-Airtourer_150_G-AXIX_06-20.pdf
3. G-AXIX Registration Details 1969-1980: https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AXIX-1.pdf
4. G-AXIX Registration Details 1980-1984: https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AXIX-2.pdf
5. G-AXIX up for sale: https://afors.com/index.php?page=adview&adid=33220&imid=0
6. https://www.airteamimages.com/aesl-glos-airtourer_G-AXIX_-private_179446_large.html .


Images:

Photo of G-AXIX courtesy AirHistory.net


Nottingham - East Midlands (EGNX / EMA)
3 April 1978; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Sep-2020 19:19 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Sep-2020 19:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source]

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