Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-ASIJ
The pilot reported that the weather was good but that the wind was variable in direction. She had departed from Runway 09 and on her return to the airfield the wind favoured Runway 27. During the landing on Runway 27 (grass) the aircraft bounced and the left wing rose. The left wing then dropped and the left wing tip struck the ground. The nose gear also heavily struck the ground, before the aircraft came to rest. The pilot assessed that the accident had been caused by a sudden gust of wind. She noted that a line of trees running along the south side of the runway was locally known for causing the wind to change direction. The wind at the airfield was recorded to be from 210° at 8 kt, 35 minutes before the accident, and from 170° at 7 kt, 25 minutes after the accident.
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, G-ASIJ 02-10.pdf (238.48 kb)
Date of occurrence: 31 July 2009