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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166723
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:11:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42 FB100
Owner/operator:G-FLYB Group
Registration: G-FLYB
MSN: 0309-6572
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Perranporth, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Old Sarum, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:Perranporth, Cornwall (EGTP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft was landing at Perranporth Airfield following a flight from Old Sarum Airfield, near Salisbury. The weather was fine, with a surface wind from 150° at 15 kt. The pilot joined the circuit via the downwind position for Runway 09 and, as the wind was rather gusty with some turbulence, he elected to fly the approach with a reduced flap setting. On final approach, the aircraft was subject to a significant crosswind component, which necessitated a ‘wing down’ approach. When just above the ground, the aircraft stalled and struck the runway hard. The pilot attempted to fly a go-around, but the aircraft appeared to be caught by a gust of wind which caused it to roll and veer to the left. It struck the ground again adjacent to the runway threshold and came to rest, having sustained extensive damage. The pilot, who was uninjured, made the aircraft safe and vacated though his door. His passenger also vacated by his own door, and was treated locally by a paramedic for a cut to his head.

The pilot believed the loss of control and subsequent accident had been caused by strong, gusty wind conditions at the time of landing

Although substantially damaged, G-FLYB was sold on to new owners (Red Air UK) 30 October 2013, and remains currently registered. The wreckage was photographed at Husbands Bosworth in Leicestershire on 7 August 2014 (see photos below)



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


Photo of G-FLYB courtesy

Cranwell (EGYD)
2 August 2009; (c) John Allan

Revision history:

04-Jun-2014 00:28 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Oct-2014 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
26-Oct-2014 21:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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