Aero AT-3 R100, G-SACX
The pilot had successfully completed 10 to 11 circuits during which he had carried out a combination of touch-and-go’s and full stop landings on Runway 11. The wind was from 150º at 8 to 10 kt. On this approach he rounded out too high and allowed the airspeed to decay to around 40 to 45 kt, causing the aircraft to touch down heavily on the runway. It then bounced back into the air and touched down on the nosewheel before pitching nose up. The pilot increased power in an attempt to regain control, but did not apply right rudder to counter the yaw effect, resulting in the aircraft yawing to the left and departing the paved surface. He brought it to a halt on the grass adjacent to the runway. The tips of the propeller blades and the nosewheel assembly were damaged. Damage to the left wingtip, left aileron and pitot tube indicated that the left wing had struck the ground during the accident. The pilot considered that he might have lost concentration after having spent approximately one and a half hours flying in the circuit.
Aero-AT-3-R100,-G-SACX-08-09.pdf (221.46 kb)
Date of occurrence: 30 April 2009