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Taylorcraft BC12D Twosome, G-BSDA

Date of occurrence: 29 September 2011

Summary:

The aircraft took off from Rowhook in West Sussex for a flight to Shoreham. The pilot was expecting an approach to Runway 20 but was instead directed to land on Runway 13, with a reported wind of 9 mph from the south-east. However, he reported that he “mentally scrambled” the runway numbers and positioned for an approach to Runway 31. He touched down smoothly at an airspeed of 55 mph after which he observed the remaining landing distance available reducing rapidly. He applied heavy braking and the aircraft flipped over, ending up inverted at the end of Runway 31.

The pilot considered that insufficient preparation and "momentary confusion" led him to land on Runway 31 which had a higher tailwind component. He was wearing a full harness and despite sustaining a serious injury, exited the aircraft unassisted.

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Report name:
Taylorcraft BC12D Twosome, G-BSDA
Registration:
G-BSDA
Type:
Taylorcraft BC12D Twosome
Location:
Shoreham Airport, West Sussex
Date of occurrence:
29 September 2011
Category:
General Aviation - Fixed Wing
Summary:

The aircraft took off from Rowhook in West Sussex for a flight to Shoreham. The pilot was expecting an approach to Runway 20 but was instead directed to land on Runway 13, with a reported wind of 9 mph from the south-east. However, he reported that he “mentally scrambled” the runway numbers and positioned for an approach to Runway 31. He touched down smoothly at an airspeed of 55 mph after which he observed the remaining landing distance available reducing rapidly. He applied heavy braking and the aircraft flipped over, ending up inverted at the end of Runway 31.

The pilot considered that insufficient preparation and "momentary confusion" led him to land on Runway 31 which had a higher tailwind component. He was wearing a full harness and despite sustaining a serious injury, exited the aircraft unassisted.

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