AAIB investigation to North American P-51D Mustang, G-MSTG

Struck a tree during go-around at Topcroft Farm Airstrip, near Hardwick Airfield, Norfolk, 2 October 2016.


The aircraft was returning to a private airstrip and, on landing, bounced twice before attempting to go around. The aircraft had been subjected to a crosswind from the right during its approach and on go-around flew a flight path increasingly diverging to the left, away from the airstrip. It remained at low level until it struck a tree close to the airstrip. The passenger was fatally injured and the pilot survived with serious injuries. There was no evidence of any aircraft system failure or malfunction which could have contributed to the accident. The accident was most likely a result of loss of directional control due to a combination of crosswind and effects of applying go-around power whilst the aircraft was at low speed. The investigation identified other aspects concerning the safety clothing to be worn in ex-military aircraft.

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North American P-51D Mustang, G-MSTG 10-17

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Published 12 October 2017