Piper J3C-65 (Modified) Cub, G-BPVH
The pilot was carrying out his second flight of the day, a sightseeing trip. Weather conditions were clear, the surface wind was from 230º at 6kt with occasional gusts. On returning to the airstrip he made an approach to Runway 06 which has a grass surface, is 650 metres long and has a pronounced upslope averaging at 2?8º along its length. The pilot was familiar with the airstrip and commented that sink can be expected at short finals on the approach to this runway. In view of this and the tailwind he allowed himself an extra margin of speed for the approach. On final approach the aircraft started to sink so he applied full throttle in an attempt to correct it, but the main wheels caught in a standing crop short of the threshold. The aircraft pitched nose down and flipped over before coming to rest some 12 metres along the runway. The pilot and his passenger were both able to escape from the aircraft unassisted and with only minor injuries.
Piper J3C-65 (Modified) Cub, G-BPVH 9-05.pdf (158.06 kb)
Date of occurrence: 17 July 2005