AAIB investigation to DA 40 D Diamond Star, G-CCFS

Hard landing, Full Sutton Airfield, Yorkshire, 18 August 2018.


The student pilot reported that during a circuit training detail the aircraft suffered a hard landing, causing it to veer to the left of the runway.

The instructor commented that the student flared too high and then allowed the aircraft to descend too rapidly, causing the hard landing. The student felt that the accident would have been avoided had he decided to abandon the landing and go around.

The instructor considered that the student, who had accrued 35 hours dual instruction, was competent to carry out solo circuits and landings. He had successfully completed five previous solo landings in between ongoing flying instruction sessions.

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Published 6 December 2018