Jodel D112, G-BHNL
The aircraft had just touched down at Thorney Island on Runway 01 in a crosswind: the reported wind was 90º at 9 kt. The pilot used the wheel landing technique to land in order to “maintain direction” during the ground roll. Initially, directional control of the aircraft was maintained but, as it slowed and the tail was lowered, the aircraft swung “violently” to the right, into wind. The pilot overcorrected with left rudder which caused an opposite swing and veer to the left. He reported that an “uncontrollable oscillation” then developed and the aircraft collided with a wooden post and the fencing that boarded the left side of the concrete runway. The pilot, who was uninjured, made the aircraft safe before vacating.
Jodel D112 G-BHNL 12-12.pdf (174.30 kb)
Date of occurrence: 22 September 2012