AAIB investigation to Reims Cessna F152, G-BLZH

Loss of control on landing, Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport, West Midlands, 16 August 2015.


The student pilot completed a dual instructional flight of 30 minutes before being briefed by his instructor to repeat the exercise solo. Runway 34 was in use, the weather was generally fine and there was a variable surface wind of 2 kt. The instructor cautioned the student about the lack of headwind for landing and told him to modify his circuit to allow for the possibility of a light tailwind on finals.

The student took off at 0855 hrs and completed the first part of the exercise. On final approach to land, the aircraft floated above the runway without touching down, so the student flew a go-around. On the second approach the aircraft again floated but the student felt there was adequate runway remaining to continue with the landing. However, when the aircraft touched down, it did so heavily and bounced. The student applied full power to go-around, but was unable to maintain directional control and the aircraft veered to the left. It came to rest inverted on the grass to the left of the runway.

The aircraft cabin structure remained intact and the student, who was uninjured, was able to extricate himself from the aircraft using a main door.

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Published 11 February 2016