Savannah VG Jabiru(1) microlight, G-CFSX
Following an uneventful flight, the pilot’s first attempt to land was made slightly too fast and was aborted because the aircraft floated for too far down the runway (36), which had a 1% downslope. The reported wind was 360º between two and three knots. The second approach was made at the recommended speed and shallower than the first. Whilst on final approach and just short of the grass strip, the aircraft encountered some sink. In order to clear the boundary fence at the start of the strip, the pilot pulled back on the control column and added power. The aircraft cleared the fence but stalled immediately afterwards, landing heavily on the nose gear before pitching over onto its back, causing damage to the nose gear, propeller and most of the aircraft’s structure. The pilot and passenger, both wearing full harnesses, were uninjured. The pilot’s assessment of the cause of the accident was that he too low on the approach and reacted too slowly in applying power to arrest the descent rate.