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Last updated: 15 November 2020
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Time:14:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Jodel DR1051-M1 Sicile Record
Registration: G-BHTC
C/n / msn: 581
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Saltford (Avon Lane) Airfield, near Keynsham, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Compton Abbas Airport (EGHA)
Destination airport:Saltford (Avon Lane) Airfield, near Keynsham, Somerset
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Jodel DR1051-M1 Sicile Record, G-BHTC: Landing accident, Saltford (Avon Lane) Airfield, near Keynsham, Somerset, 4 August 2020. The AAIB Final Report was published on 12 November 2020, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"The aircraft was being flown to conduct a series of exercises with an instructor to enable its owner to renew his licence. This included a flight from Compton Abbas to Avon Lane Airfield near Keynsham.

Near Chippenham, the owner handed control to his instructor who was the pilot in command of the aircraft. They had not landed at Avon Lane before, so the instructor joined overhead Runway 27 to survey its suitability for a landing. The wind was estimated at 250 degrees at 10 knots, similar to Compton Abbas and consistent with the forecast.

He noted an up-slope at the easterly end of the grass runway, and anticipated low level turbulence due to the terrain, but considered it safe to land. He then flew a left-hand circuit and descended slowly during base leg. As anticipated, the aircraft encountered low level turbulence during the descent.

He turned the aircraft onto final approach and aimed to touch down just before the top of the up-slope. This was chosen in order to assist the aircraft retardation over the brow and on to the level part of the runway.

However, at about two metres agl, the aircraft rolled 30 degrees to the right and, despite rapid application of stick and rudder, the aircraft contacted the ground and bounced upwards about one metre, and the right main wheel rolled over the left edge of a rubble bank at the side of the runway. Directional control had then been lost and the right wing hit a large bush.

The impact broke the outer cranked portion of the right wing off, the aircraft swung to the right and came to a stop. Neither of the crew were injured, the aircraft was made safe and they were able to vacate the aircraft normally. Inspection of the aircraft found that the left main spar, fuselage and propeller had also been damaged"

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the above AAIB Report - "Right wing severed off at crank position. Left wing spar broken"


1. AAIB Final Report:

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


Photo of G-BHTC courtesy

Wickenby (EGNW)
12 May 2018; (c) Joop de Groot

Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

12-Nov-2020 17:00 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Nov-2020 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
12-Nov-2020 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
13-Nov-2020 16:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Nov-2020 15:26 harro Updated [Embed code, Accident report, Photo]

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