Maule MT-7-235 Super Rocket, G-HIND
The pilot intended to land at Perth Airport, but as his progress was slower than estimated and insufficient daylight remained to reach his destination, he decided to divert to a friend’s airstrip. As he overflew the airstrip he saw sheep on the runway threshold but assessed that sufficient landing distance remained. During the final approach the sheep moved further along the runway, causing the pilot to abort the landing. He commenced a go-around and turned the aircraft into wind, which was towards rising ground. The aircraft failed to clear some trees and passed through their upper foliage, sustaining dents to the wing leading edges. The pilot then proceeded to Durham Tees Valley Airport where he landed without further incident. He reported that there were no noticeable handling difficulties.
CAA Safety Sense leaflet 12, Strip Sense, contains useful information about operating at unlicensed aerodromes and private airstrips.
Published 10 December 2014