Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-WFFW, 2 December 2009
Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-WFFW
The pilot was carrying out circuits using Runway 24, which was a paved runway, 2,387 m long and 46 m wide. After completing two successful touch-and-go landings the pilot entered a right-hand circuit for a third approach. The wind on his previous landing was reported as 160° at 9 kt, which equated to a crosswind component of 9 kt. While downwind for his third approach the wind was reported as 150° at 10 kt, which equated to a left crosswind of 10 kt. During this approach the pilot flared slightly high and had to lower the nose to maintain airspeed which was about 60 KIAS. He reported that the aircraft ‘touched down positively’ and then it began to slew sideways and turn 45° to the left. He tried to correct by applying right rudder but the aircraft departed the runway surface to the left and came to rest in the grass after striking airfield equipment, including the PAPI lights and Runway Hydraulic Arrestor Gear (RHAG).
Date of occurrence: 2 December 2009