Jodel D117A, G-ASJZ
The aircraft was landing at Old Buckenham Airfield on Runway 07 which has a LDA of 640 m and a 2% upslope. The wind broadcast via the Air/Ground radio was 120/12 kt. During the landing flare the aircraft experienced a rapid drift which took it over the left hand edge of the runway. The pilot attempted to go-around by applying full power and turning the aircraft into wind to bring it back over the runway. However, this did not prevent the aircraft from touching down on rough ground to the left of the runway. Both the pilot and passenger were uninjured and exited the aircraft unaided. The pilot attributed the cause of the accident to a sudden gust and the poor climb capability of the Jodel at low speed and over an uphill slope preventing a successful go-around manoeuvre. The outside air temperature was 25-27ºC which would have affected the climb performance. He also considered it was possible that he may have inadvertently applied some nose-up elevator in an attempt to clear the ground which could have stalled the aircraft whilst still airborne.
Jodel D11 7A, G-ASJZ 08-06.pdf (237.28 kb)