De Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth, G-AYDI
The pilot was landing the aircraft on grass Runway 23 in good weather, with the surface wind reported as being variable at 0-10 kt. He had flown a straight-in approach, in apparently calm conditions, rather than joining overhead. As he flared the aircraft prior to touchdown, a gust of wind from the south caused the right wing to drop and strike the surface. The aircraft yawed to the right, rocked back onto its left wing, which also struck the ground, and left the runway to the right before coming to a halt.
The pilot had not anticipated the possibility of a crosswind. Had he done so, he would have used a “wheeler” landing technique.
DH82A Tiger Moth G-AYDI 08-13.pdf (87.95 kb)
Date of occurrence: 7 April 2013