Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, G-OKAG
On arrival at Chirk, the pilot made an overhead join, followed by an orbit of the field to familiarise himself with the layout. He had not operated from Chirk before and established that the surface wind indicated by the windsock was 230°/10 kt. Having completed a circuit and configured the aircraft with full flap, the pilot made an approach with a go around before committing to a landing. The second approach was made with full flap and an approach airspeed of 75 mph. The approach and flare were normal with the aircraft touching down within the first 60 metres of the runway. When the wheel brakes were applied, the aircraft skidded along the grass surface but the pilot was able to maintain directional control. He pumped the brake pedals and combined with the upslope, the aircraft slowed down but with insufficient runway remaining the pilot realised the aircraft would slowly overrun the runway. He steered for what appeared the least solid obstruction which was a wire fence to the right of a Portacabin. The propeller and left wing struck the Portacabin and as the aircraft slewed to the left, the right wing then contacted a fence post.
Published 10 December 2014