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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 279232
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Time:16:05 UTC
Type:Jabiru UL-450
Registration: G-CBGR
MSN: PFA 274A-13682
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Clench Common Airfield, Marlborough, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Clench Common Airfield, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Destination airport:Clench Common Airfield, Marlborough, Wiltshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
AAIB investigation to Jabiru UL-450, G-CBGR: Uncommanded flap retraction at 40 feet agl, Clench Common Airfield, Marlborough, Wiltshire, 1 February 2022. The AAIB Final Report into the incident was published on 9 June 2022, and the following is an excerpt from the AAIB report:

"The aircraft had recently undergone an engine service and a new instrument panel had been fitted. Having completed engine ground runs, a test flight was conducted by the pilot several weeks before the accident flight. The aircraft then flew for a Permit to Fly check flight but the radio was found to be operating intermittently. A further flight was then required to complete the requirements for issue of the Permit.

During this flight the aircraft and radios were tested with no faults and the aircraft returned to Clench Common Airfield having completed the requirements for the Permit renewal. During the final stages of the approach to landing the flaps retracted uncommanded at approximately 40 ft. The pilot immediately recognised what had happened and tried to raise the nose but was unable to stop the aircraft striking the ground heavily. Both the pilot and passenger were injured.

The aircraft was severely damaged. The first impact was on the nose undercarriage leg, which sheared off, followed by the main undercarriage legs, which failed at some point. The aircraft came to rest on its fuselage the right way up, and the starboard wing was dislodged and only held on by the trailing edge bolt.

=Damage to airframe=
Per the above AAIB Report "Landing gear and propeller damaged, and right wing detached at trailing edge. Windscreen shattered and fuselage damaged"


1. AAIB Final Report:

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


Jabiru UL-450 G-CBGR post-crash at Clench Common Airfield, Wiltshire 1 February 2022 (bottom left picture): Jaburi UL-450 G-CBGR at Popham, Hampshire May 2nd 2015: G-CBGR


Photo of G-CBGR courtesy

Old Warden (EGTH)
2 September 2018; (c) Joop de Groot

Revision history:

13-Jun-2022 22:02 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jun-2022 06:00 harro Updated [Embed code, Accident report]

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