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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137203
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic G115 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grob G 115E Tutor
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: G-BYWV
MSN: 82156/E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:near RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire (EGXG)
Destination airport:RAF Church Fenton, North Yorkshire (EGXG)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilot was a young, inexperienced overseas Air Force student undergoing training at RAF Church Fenton with a University Air Squadron. This flight was the student's third solo sortie and he was briefed to practice normal powered and glide approaches to Runway 24. The weather conditions were fine with high pressure prevailing and the surface wind was 260 degrees/13 knots.

The glide circuit at Church Fenton is flown at 1,300 feet on the QFE, 500 feet higher than a normal circuit and the downwind leg is normally flown a little wider. An Initial Aiming Point (IAP) is selected some distance into the runway and, when abeam that point downwind, the throttle is closed and, in the Tutor, the RPM lever is selected to 'LOW' which minimises drag from the propeller. The final turn is flown with take-off flap at 75 Knots IAS with about 20 degrees angle of bank although that is adjusted in order to maintain a 'constant sight line angle' towards the IAP.

Following a dual check with a Qualified Flying Instructor the student was cleared solo to practice normal and glide circuits to roll (touch and go), overshoot (go around) or land. On his first circuit after a powered approach he carried out a touch and go followed by a series of three glide approaches, 'rolling' from the first, going around from the second and landing heavily 260 metres short of the threshold on the third.

On the third glide circuit, the final turn was initiated slightly earlier than before and was closer to the runway. Despite this shorter ground track, the student, at about 200 feet agl, realised that he was too low to glide to the runway and he attempted to go around. When he advanced the throttle, the engine failed to respond and the aircraft continued to descend, but at a reduced rate, before appearing to stall at about 75 feet agl. The aircraft came to rest having bounced and then slid for some 50 metres. The Airfield Fire and Rescue Service arrived at the scene about two minutes after the accident and the student pilot was able to vacate the cockpit unaided.

Damage sustained: Nose landing gear collapsed, propeller bent and engine shock-loaded. However, aircraft recovered, repaired, and returned to service


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

Revision history:

23-Sep-2011 02:14 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Plane category, ]
24-Nov-2012 13:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
03-Dec-2014 15:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Dec-2014 15:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Aug-2016 16:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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