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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68243
Last updated: 22 October 2021
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Time:7.:32 pm.
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42 FB100
Registration: G-HIJN
MSN: 0403-6597
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Hoylake Beach, Wirral, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Ince Blundell, Formby, Lancashire
Destination airport:Hoylake Beach, Wirral, Cheshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
During a solo navigation exercise the pilot, on suggestion of his instructor, attempted a landing on the intertidal zone of a beach. The flare was misjudged leading to a bounced landing and collapse of the nose landing gear.

The student pilot flew some dual circuits at Ince Airfield and then received a briefing from his instructor to fly a solo navigation exercise to Llandudno and back. The instructor suggested he land on Hoylake beach on the return leg (the student and instructor had previously landed on another beach together). The weather was benign with good visibility, high cloud base, and a light easterly wind.

On the return leg of the flight, the student flew over the beach to check that it was clear, before flying a normal approach into wind. He flared the aircraft, and it touched down very promptly on the main wheels before bouncing; he was surprised at the height of the bounce. He pitched the nose down and flared again but the aircraft bounced a second time. Touching down from the second bounce, the student lowered the nose, and the nose landing gear collapsed. He was not injured and evacuated the aircraft without difficulty.

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Noseleg, front forks, engine mount, and front spat" damaged.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-HIJN courtesy

Castle Kennedy
31 May 2014; (c) Ian Howat

Ince Blundell Microlight Airfield, Merseyside, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK - 29th September 2007

Ince Blundell Microlight Airfield, Merseyside, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK - 10th July 2010

Ince Blundell Microlight Airfield, Merseyside, Liverpool, Lancashire, UK - 10th July 2010

Revision history:

15-Sep-2009 23:07 angels one five Added
16-Sep-2009 00:01 RobertMB Updated
15-Oct-2012 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Dec-2014 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code]
15-Jun-2016 14:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
15-Jun-2016 14:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
10-Nov-2016 23:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Nov-2016 23:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Nov-2016 23:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time]
11-Nov-2016 00:11 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Feb-2020 06:57 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
19-Feb-2020 18:17 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
19-Feb-2020 18:47 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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