AAIB investigation to Ikarus C42 FB80, G-JSKY

Heavy landing at Plockton Airfield on 13 August 2015.


The aircraft was engaged on a training flight from Broadford Ashaig Airfield on the Isle of Skye to Plockton. The student pilot had handled the aircraft throughout the flight and during final approach but, as it crossed the threshold of asphalt Runway 20, a gust of wind caused it to drift to the left over the grass. The instructor told the student to regain the runway centreline but he did not respond quickly enough and also flared too early, causing the airspeed to reduce. More turbulence was encountered with the result the aircraft landed heavily on the grass to the left of the runway and bounced.

At this point, the instructor took control and tried to recover but yet more turbulence occurred and he was unable to prevent the aircraft from stalling and striking the ground in a right wing low attitude, breaking the propeller and the nose and right main landing gears. Both occupants were uninjured. The instructor reported that the observed wind at the time was south westerly at about 12 kt and gusting.

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Ikarus C42 FB80, G-JSKY 11-15

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Published 12 November 2015