AAIB investigation to Piper J5A Cub Cruiser, G-BSXT

Landing overrun, Felthorpe Airfield, Norwich, 20 July 2018.


During a check flight, a newly repaired Piper J5A Cub Cruiser overran the runway and struck a gate at Felthorpe Airfield near Norwich. This was because the aircraft was travelling too fast in the final stage of the landing. It floated a long distance and landed a long way down the runway. The pilot had no time on type and the aircraft had heel brake controls that he found difficult to use.

The LAA did not have the opportunity to assess the suitability of the check pilot, in part due to a misunderstanding between the LAA and one of its Inspectors about what airworthiness process to follow. In response to this accident, the importance of clear and unambiguous communications with members has been reinforced at LAA HQ. The LAA has also informed inspectors of the circumstances of this event and issued a decision making flow chart to help them determine what process should be followed

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Published 14 March 2019