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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188041
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42
Registration: G-IKUS
MSN: PFA 322-14130
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Strubby Airfield, Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Strubby Airfield, Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Substantially damaged when the aircraft crashed whilst avoiding a hedge when taking off from Strubby Airfield, Strubby, Alford, Lincolnshire, on 30-05-2016. It failed to clear the hedge at the end of the strip and impacted the ground on take off. It was using a mown strip that was not a designated runway and only a 140 metres in length when the aircraft at MTOW would have needed 205 metres. The two persons on board (pilot and one passenger) sustained minor injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot was attempting to take off from a mown strip of grass perpendicular to, and north of, the asphalt runway at Strubby Airfield. When he realised he would not clear the hedge at the end, he turned to avoid it and the aircraft impacted the ground. The pilot referred to the strip as Runway 36, but the airfield owner advised that it was not a designated runway.

Using commercially available aerial imagery, the length of the mowed strip was estimated to be 140 metres. The takeoff weight of the aircraft was reportedly 446 kg, and manufacturer’s performance data states that, at a Maximum Take Off Weight of 450 kg, the takeoff distance to clear a 15 metre obstacle is 205 metres.

The pilot stated that he had taken off from the mowed strip previously, and he believed his ability to climb on the accident flight had been compromised by rotor effect from the hedge, which he estimated to be between three and four metres in height.

CAA Safety Sense Leaflet 7c (‘Aeroplane Performance’) reminds pilots of the actions necessary to ensure adequate takeoff performance for the conditions".

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft substantially damaged". Registration G-IKUS cancelled 13-09-2016 as "Destroyed". However, the registration was restored to a new owner in March, Cambridgeshire, just under a year later, on 16-08-2017.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
5. (page 20)

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


Photo of G-IKUS courtesy

Waddington (EGXW / WTN)
4 July 2005; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

12-Jun-2016 01:29 Geno Added
12-Jun-2016 01:34 Geno Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport]
15-Jun-2016 19:05 Chieftain Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
15-Jun-2016 19:05 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
15-Jun-2016 19:06 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Jul-2016 15:15 anon Updated [Country]
08-Sep-2016 14:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Sep-2016 14:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Sep-2017 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Sep-2018 17:52 harro Updated [Operator, Accident report, ]

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