Agusta A109E, G-PWER, 3 March 2004

Agusta A109E, G-PWER


The pilot was flying a visual approach to Bournemouth Airport in poor weather at night; radar data indicated that the aircraft was tracking the extended centreline of Runway 26 at between 800 to 1,000 feet amsl. The pilot declared that he was visual with the airport but, shortly afterwards, the radar data indicated that the aircraft had entered a turn to the left. The aircraft turned through about 540° before striking the ground, fatally injuring both the pilot and the passenger. The pilot had probably become disorientated, and his limited instrument flying background did not equip him to cope with degraded visual environment. There was no evidence from the wreckage recovered of any mechanical failure or unauthorised interference with the aircraft or its systems that may have contributed to the accident.

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