Mainair Blade 912, G-MZBA and Schleicher ASW19B, G-DELA
An ASW19B glider was on approach to Runway 27S while a Mainair Blade flex-wing microlight was on approach to the intersecting Runway 05. Both pilots made downwind calls but due to a radio problem in the microlight neither pilot heard the other’s calls. When the duty instructor (also A/G operator) became aware of the conflict he radioed the microlight to abort, but this call was not received by the microlight pilot. The glider pilot heard the call but was already committed to landing and did not know from which direction the microlight was approaching – he touched down and looked ahead but did not see any other aircraft. The microlight appeared suddenly on his left, at about the 10 o’clock position, and he instinctively applied full left rudder to avoid it but the glider’s right wing struck the microlight, seriously injuring its pilot.
Date of occurrence: 6 May 2012