AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BNXE

Runway overrun at Sturgate Airfield, Lincolnshire, 19 April 2016.


The pilot was approaching to land on Runway 27 at Sturgate Aifield which had a dry asphalt surface and a length of 820 m. He described the wind as “light and variable”. He had made several ‘blind’ radio calls to which had received no response, during which he noted that the wind strength appeared to be about 4 kt.

On final approach, the pilot felt that he was slightly high due to noise abatement procedures over local houses and selected two stages of flap. On touchdown he felt that the wind had calmed completely, causing him to float further than he would have expected, with the result that the aircraft ran off the end of the runway and into an area of ploughed land at a speed he estimated to be about 5 mph.

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Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BNXE 10-16

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Published 13 October 2016