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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246751
Last updated: 14 January 2021
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Date:02-OCT-2020
Time:09:37 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SKRA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Best Off Skyranger Swift 912(1)
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-CFIA
C/n / msn: BMAA/HB/561
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Baxby Airfield, Baxby Manor, Husthwaite, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Baxby Airfield, Husthwaite, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
AAIB investigation to Skyranger Swift 912S(1), G-CFIA 2 October 2020: Stalled on take off at Baxby Airfield, Husthwaite, North Yorkshire, 2 October 2020. The AAIB Final Report into the incident was published on 14 January 2021, and the following is an excerpt from that:

"The pilot had planned an early morning flight from Baxby Airfield to Beverley Airfield. Weather conditions were CAVOK with the wind calm and Runway 05 in use, which is 420 metres long with a grass surface. The pilot had ensured that a small amount of luggage was secured within the luggage hammock and there were no loose articles in the cockpit. The engine start-up and taxi to the holding point were normal, with the usual checks completed, and the pilot made a radio check with another aircraft.

The runway was clear and the pilot lined up, applying full power. The aircraft accelerated with the pilot counteracting the minimal yaw to the right. At 40 knots, the pilot rotated the aircraft, which climbed too abruptly and with a very high nose up attitude. He decided to abandon the take off, closing the throttle and simultaneously applying forward control stick, but the aircraft stalled and dropped the right wing.

It made a descending turn to the right through about 90 and struck the ground in a nose down attitude. The engine stopped on impact and the pilot switched off the fuel and electrical systems. He was injured in the accident but was able to exit the aircraft and crawl clear before phoning the emergency services, and an air ambulance took him to hospital.

He considered that in his haste to depart, due to a significant workload and jobs he had planned for the rest of the day, he omitted to set the trim lever to neutral for take off leaving it in the nose up position from the previous landing. This had the effect of raising the nose significantly on lift off. In his attempt to abandon the take off, the aircraft stalled resulting in the accident. He considered that being restrained by his properly adjusted four-point harness prevented more severe injuries.

AAIB Comment
The pilot considered it likely that day-to-day distractions meant he did not set the trim correctly for take off and that this led to the aircraft adopting a high nose attitude at lift-off. It is possible that closing the throttle with the nose above the horizon caused a more rapid reduction in airspeed than might otherwise have been the case, thereby making a stall more likely."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Significant airframe damage" was sustained.

Sources:

1. AAIB Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5fd8b3d78fa8f54d5d65568e/Skyranger_Swift_912S_1__G-CFIA_01-21.pdf
2. G-CFIA at Breighton Airfield's All Comers Spring Fly-In, March 27th 2011: https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/001286998.html
3. G-CFIA landing at Northrepps, Cromer (X3CX) on 22 July 2018: https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/001420804.html
4. https://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/G-CFIA/881692
5. http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/Baxby
6. https://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/baxby/
7. https://en-gb.facebook.com/baxbyairsports/

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

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jan-2021 19:30 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jan-2021 19:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
14-Jan-2021 19:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
14-Jan-2021 20:35 harro Updated [Operator, Accident report]
14-Jan-2021 20:49 harro Updated [Aircraft type]

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