Skyranger Swift 912S(1), G-CEZE
The aircraft was returning to Northrepps Airfield after a local flight in fine weather. The wind was light from the west and the aircraft touched down after an uneventful approach to Runway 22. After touchdown, the aircraft began veering to the left and continued to do so despite attempts by the pilot to correct. It departed the left edge of the runway and entered a soft, muddy ploughed field at low speed at which point the nosewheel dug in and the aircraft gently tipped over, ending up inverted. Both pilot and passenger were wearing full harnesses and escaped injury. Subsequent inspection of the landing gear revealed a damaged and deflated left mainwheel tyre. Inspection of the grass runway showed a single gouge created by the left wheel and wheel spat, tracking from the runway centreline to where the aircraft left the runway. The pilot considered that the left mainwheel tyre had deflated at some point prior to touchdown and this had caused the aircraft to depart the left side of the runway.
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