Mainair Blade 912, G-MZGI
The aircraft was landing back at the private strip after a pleasure flight of 2 hours. The pilot states that, when he had taken off, the wind was south-south-westerly at about 10 mph. However, when he returned the wind was gusting to approximately 25 mph and was variable in direction to the extent that he saw the windsock swing through 180º at one point. There were two runways available to him – one oriented NE/SW and 360 ft long and one oriented NW/SE and 555 ft long. He considered that the wind conditions rendered the short runway unsuitable so he made an approach to the longer, south-easterly runway. He aborted this approach and tried again in the opposite direction but this time he states that a sudden change in the wind strength caused the aircraft to sink and strike a barbed wire fence with the nosewheel.
The fence brought the aircraft to a very rapid halt and it struck the ground in a nose-down attitude. The pilot was taken to hospital with a broken arm but the passenger was uninjured.
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