- Air Accidents Investigation Branch
- 16 December 2014
- Date of occurrence:
- 30 September 2014
- Aircraft category:
- Sport aviation and balloons
- Report type:
- Bulletin - Correspondence investigation
- Aircraft type:
- EV-97 Teameurostar UK Eurostar
- Sywell Aerodrome, Northamptonshire
Damaged during a bounced landing at Sywell Aerodrome on 30 September 2014.
The student intended to practise circuits for an hour using Runway 23. The first circuit was conducted dual with his instructor, after which he took off again solo for the remainder of the time. Two further circuits were flown without incident but on the fourth, despite the student stating that the approach seemed “normal”, the aircraft bounced three times on touchdown before coming to a halt on the left of the runway. The student taxied the aircraft back to the school’s hangar where damage to the left wingtip, firewall and lower fuselage was found.
The instructor who was watching his student noted that the accident approach was fast and flat and that, after the first bounce, the student checked forwards on the control column instead of applying power and going around. He also saw the left wingtip strike the ground. Both recognise that the student should have gone around after the first bounce.
Published: 16 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 30 September 2014