Thruster T600N 450, G-CDDI
The accident occurred on the approach to land at a private airstrip near Market Rasen. The pilot was aware of power cables on the western approach to the airstrip and he therefore made a low pass in order to identify them prior to landing. Having done so, he flew the approach so as to avoid the cables, clearing them by approximately 15 feet. As he commenced the flare, the aircraft jerked violently, turned through 180 degrees and descended nose-first to the ground. After vacating the aircraft, the pilot noticed that there was a cable wrapped around the top of the tail fin. On looking back to the power cables he now saw that there were two sets of cables mounted on different sets of poles. He had identified the outer cables on his flypast, but had not seen the innermost cables that were mounted on shorter poles positioned approximately 40 m closer to the runway threshold; it was one of these cables that his aircraft had struck.
Thruster T600N 450, G-CDDI 01-09.pdf (215.46 kb)
Date of occurrence: 13 September 2008