AAIB investigation to Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II, G-USSY

Runway excursion, Skegness Airfield, Lincolnshire, 13 June 2018.


When overhead Skegness, the pilot could not see the ground markings for his chosen runway so elected to land on the shorter, east-facing runway. There appeared to be some confusion over the designations of the runways, and the pilot reported that the wind at his departure airfield had been westerly. Due to the first landing attempt being ‘long’, the aircraft went around but struck a hedge whilst doing so. The pilot reported some difficulty in controlling the aircraft but managed to re-position for a landing on the same runway. That landing culminated in the aircraft overrunning the end of the runway and striking the same hedge. Since the accident, Skegness Airfield has emphasised the runway orientation information on its website.

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Published 10 January 2019