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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245551
Last updated: 13 December 2020
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Time:14:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRAL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Groppo Trail Mk2
Registration: G-RJIT
C/n / msn: LAA 372-15355
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Woodlands Barton Farm Airfield (AG1565), NE Roche, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Bodmin Airport (EGLA)
Destination airport:Woodlands Barton Farm Airfield
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Groppo Trail Mk 2, G-RJIT: Heavy landing short of the runway, Roche Airfield, Cornwall, 2 August 2020. The AAIB final report was published on 10 December 2020, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"The aircraft experienced a sudden loss of height from 30 ft agl during the approach to land at Roche Airfield. The aircraft landed heavily, short of the runway and rolled into a gate causing substantial damage. The left wing tip struck the gate, whilst the right wing was bent backwards by the impact with the gate-post and hedge. The landing gear, forward fuselage and wings absorbed most of the impact and sustained substantial damage. The pilot suffered a minor injury but was able to climb out of the aircraft unaided.

The pilot hadn’t flown for approximately nine months prior to the accident because of poor weather over the winter period followed by the restrictions for public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He considered his lack of currency was a factor.

Although he was familiar with tailwheel aircraft, he only had four hours on type and additional familiarisation flights may have helped him to react quicker to the aircraft’s sudden loss of height. The pilot had flown out of Roche Airfield for approximately two years but had only used Runway 29 a handful of times".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report G-RJIT was "Damaged beyond repair". As a result the registration G-RJIT was de-registered by the CAA as "permanently withdrawn from use" on 10 September 2020


1. AAIB Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report



Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

11-Dec-2020 18:53 Geno Added
12-Dec-2020 21:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
13-Dec-2020 14:24 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]
13-Dec-2020 14:26 harro Updated [Accident report]

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