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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226531
Last updated: 11 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub
Registration: D-ENRJ
MSN: 18-7909030
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hässleholm Bokeberg Airport (XWP/ESFA) -   Sweden
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Skånes
Destination airport:Hässleholm Bokeberg Airport (XWP/ESFA)
Investigating agency: SHK Sweden
The pilot intended to land on his home field. His normal routine is to practice short landing by aiming at the 30-meter airport surface ahead of the threshold to make the flare so that the touchdown occurs after the runway threshold.
After a normal approach, with full flaps and a speed of 60 miles per hour, the aeroplane was five metres above the field adjacent to the airport surface. The pilot experienced a sudden loss of lift and brought the stick backwards while increasing the throttle. However, he could not prevent the wheels from touching down into the field, which was overgrown with high crop. The ground contact took place a few metres before the airport surface, and the deceleration became strong, which led to that the aircraft turned over and ended lying upside down.
The pilot could leave the aircraft by himself and suffered only minor injuries. The aircraft model is suitable for short take-off and landing sites, but in order to be able to use such sites, the pilot must be well trained on short landing.
Against this background, it is understandable that the owner of such an aircraft practice short landings. However, it is not necessary to use a real obstacle for such training.
The loss of lift was probably due to a gust from behind which the pilot could not compensate for.
The accident was caused by the ambition to land short over a real obstacle, which lead to too small safety margins against unforeseen events such as sudden wind gusts.
A contributing factor may have been that the pilot did not properly evaluate the risks of coming in contact with the high crop.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SHK Sweden
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

24-Jun-2019 20:14 Frasse Added
24-Jun-2019 20:24 Anon. Updated [Operator]
24-Jun-2019 21:41 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jun-2019 22:01 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2019 00:12 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2019 14:23 Sandman Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2019 07:13 harro Updated [Departure airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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