Struck trees on approach, Farway Common Airfield, near Honiton, Devon, 18 April 2014.
The aircraft was on final approach to land on a grass runway when it veered right and struck the tops of trees a short distance before the runway threshold. It then descended steeply and hit the ground on its left side. The pilot was fatally injured and the passenger suffered serious injuries. No pre-impact faults with the aircraft or engine were identified; it was probable that turbulence and downdraughts contributed to the aircraft’s descent into trees.
Published: 16 December 2014
Date of occurrence: 18 April 2014