Steep and fast approach followed by runway overrun and fire, Blackbushe Airport, 31 July 2015.
At the end of a routine flight, the aircraft entered the visual circuit to land on Runway 25 at Blackbushe. A number of TCAS alerts occurred while flying in the circuit, and the pilot manoeuvred the aircraft until it was significantly higher and faster than normal for a visual approach. Following several TAWS alerts, the aircraft crossed the runway threshold 43 kt above the target threshold speed .
The aircraft floated before touching down and overran the runway end. It collided with an earth bank, and then cars in a car park, causing the wing to separate and a fire to start. The four occupants were fatally injured.
Several factors combined to create a very high workload for the pilot. This may have saturated his mental capacity, impeding his ability to handle new information and adapt his mental model, leading him to become fixated on continuing the approach.
A correction was issued on the online version of this report on 12 January 2017.
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A Special bulletin was published concerning this accident on 6 August 2015.
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Published: 8 December 2016
Date of occurrence: 31 July 2015