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Last updated: 14 December 2020
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Date:11-AUG-2020
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic BL8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon
Owner/operator:Western Air (Thruxton) Ltd
Registration: G-DDGJ
C/n / msn: 1049-2007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Frensham Pond Airstrip, near Churt, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Thruxton Airport (EGHO)
Destination airport:Frensham Pond Airstrip, near Churt, Surrey
Narrative:
American Champion 8KCAB Decathlon G-AAGJ: Substantially damaged 11 August 2020 in a landing accident at Frensham Pond Airstrip, South West of Frensham village, near Churt, roughly 3 nautical miles South of Farnham, Surrey. The AAIB conducted a correspondence investigation into the incident, and the following is the summary from that:

"During the landing roll on a grass runway the aircraft started to oscillate in pitch. The pilot moved the control column forward to counter this instability, but the aircraft’s nose pitched down more rapidly than he expected. This resulted in a propeller strike. The pilot reported that, with hindsight, he should have initiated a go around when the oscillations began".

Sources:

1. AAIB Correspondence Report: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aaib-record-only-investigations-september-october-2020/aaib-record-only-investigations-reviewed-september-october-2020
2. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-ddgj
3. https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/G-DDGJ
4. G-DDGJ at Thruxton (EGHO) 7/8/2017: https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000644755.html
5. G-DDGJ at Bournemouth-Hurn (EGHH) 25/11/2009: https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/6746481
6. G-DDGJ at Fenland (EGCL) 4/7/2009: https://www.airhistory.net/photo/113742/G-DDGJ
7. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/G-DDGJ
8. https://www.airteamimages.com/american-champion-decathlon_G-DDGJ_-private_129866_large.html


Images:

Photo of G-DDGJ courtesy AirHistory.net


Fenland (EGCL)
4 July 2009; (c) Tom Cole

Revision history:

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14-Dec-2020 01:58 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Dec-2020 01:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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