AAIB investigation to Europa XS, G-BYSA
Runway excursion resulting in ditching in the sea, Hollym Airfield, East Riding of Yorkshire, 10 August 2016.
While landing on a clifftop runway, the landing gear’s right outrigger failed and the aircraft ran off the edge of the runway, over the cliff and into the sea. The pilot evacuated the aircraft and activated his Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) but had reached safety before help arrived. Coastal erosion had noticeably reduced the runway’s surroundings since the pilot had last used it four years before.
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Published: 11 May 2017
Date of occurrence: 10 August 2016