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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202318
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:11:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42 FB80
Registration: G-CEAK
MSN: 0606-6826
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Ince Airfield -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Manchester Barton Airfield
Destination airport:Ince Airfield
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft was flown from Manchester Barton Airfield to Ince Airfield, Merseyside. The pilot was familiar with Ince and made an approach to Runway 29 which is 440 m in length and 20 m in width. The final approach is across an open arable field and at the time of the accident it was growing a crop of potatoes.

The pilot noticed that an irrigation sprinkler was operating in the field to the north of the approach path but considered that it was not in the way. When the aircraft was on short final, the windscreen was suddenly sprayed with water, removing the view ahead, and the aircraft sank down short of the runway. The left main wheel caught in the crop and the left wing support strut detached. The aircraft continued rolling towards Runway 29, across a ditch, whereupon the left landing gear leg detached. The aircraft ran onto the runway surface, before coming to a stop. There were no injuries to either occupant.

The airfield operator reported that the sprinkler system had not previously been used near the airfield. They considered that it did not represent a hazard unless an aircraft was low on the approach.


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



Photo of G-CEAK courtesy

Manchester - City / Barton (EGCB)
26 February 2019; (c) R.A.Scholefield

Manchester Barton (EGCB) Manchester, UK - 4th June 2007

Manchester- Barton Airfield (EGCB) Lancashire, UK - 4th June 2007

Revision history:

29-Nov-2017 17:20 Iceman 29 Added
29-Nov-2017 19:18 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
29-Nov-2017 19:19 harro Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2020 16:53 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
01-Apr-2020 12:32 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
28-Sep-2020 07:57 harro Updated [Source, Accident report]

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