Flight Design CT2K, G-CBDJ
Shortly before touchdown on the grass Runway 16 at Bucknall, the aircraft descended unexpectedly and the main wheels brushed the top of a low hedge. Contact with the hedge caused the aircraft to pitch forward and touch down heavily on its nose wheel, which broke off. The nose landing gear leg then dug in, causing the aircraft to pivot slowly forwards and come to rest inverted. The composite structure of the aircraft remained substantially intact and the uninjured pilot and his passenger were able to vacate the aircraft unaided. The pilot considered that, although the runway was only 300 metres long, he could have landed the aircraft successfully without the need to approach so low over the hedge. Information provided by the manufacturer supported this view.
Flight Design CT2K, G-CBDJ 05-06.pdf (234.41 kb)
Date of occurrence: 13 February 2005