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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 212156
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Time:14:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic RV8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vans RV-8A
Registration: G-HCCF
MSN: PFA 303-13790
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Old Sarum Airfield, 2nm NE of Salisbury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft sustained substantial damage in a landing accident at Old Sarum Airfield, 2 nautical miles North East of Salisbury, Wiltshire on 21/2/2018, and the official AAIB report into the accident was published on 14/6/2018. The following is an excerpt from it:

"AAIB investigation to Vans RV-8A, G-HCCF
Inverted after nose landing gear dug into the ground while landing, Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire, 21 February 2018.

The aircraft was being flown from the rear seat and the owner, who possesses a Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL) with a lapsed rating for Single Engine Piston (SEP) aircraft, was a passenger in the front seat. Main wheel braking is facilitated using toe pedals, but these are only fitted in the front cockpit.

Following a local flight, the pilot completed two satisfactory ‘short field’ landings on the grass Runway 06 with ‘full flap’ set, and with braking applied by the passenger at the pilot’s request. Because brake pedals are available only in the front cockpit, the aircraft has a placard which states it is only to be flown solo from the front seat.

A third approach was flown, for another ‘short field’ landing, and the aircraft touched down on a part of the runway close to the threshold that felt “bumpy” and had an uphill gradient. The aircraft bounced and both occupants believed that only the main wheels had touched, but subsequent examination of the ground markings indicated the nose wheel had also made firm contact.

This was substantiated by a witness, who described the third landing as heavier than the first two, and who believed the aircraft was in a relatively flat attitude when it bounced."

Damage sustained to the airframe: Per the above AAIB report the aircraft sustained "extensive" damage



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

Revision history:

14-Jun-2018 19:13 Dr. John Smith Added

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