Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat, G-CWTD
The accident occurred on landing on Runway 21 at Popham Airfield following an uneventful flight from Lechlade, Gloucestershire. The weather was fine with good visibility, a 12 mph south-westerly wind and high cloud. An amateur photographer was at Popham and he took a number of still images of the accident sequence. The approach was normal with a gyrocopter landing ahead of the accident aircraft. Just before touchdown the right wing was slightly low. Whilst correcting, the pilot stated that his attention was drawn away from the task of monitoring the aircraft’s speed and towards the gyrocopter further down the runway. The left wing dropped and impacted the ground at about the same time the left gear struck the ground. The aircraft pivoted on the left wingtip and came to rest about 50 yards on from the initial touchdown; the left main gear and the nose gear collapsed. The pilot turned off the ignition and fuel before he and his passenger vacated the aircraft unaided. The pilot thought it likely that the wing drop was associated with stalling the wing. He did not consider there to be any causal factors associated with the aircraft’s controls, engine or the proximity of the gyrocopter ahead of him.
Published 10 December 2014