East Yorks plane crash report released


Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A passenger in a light aircraft was badly injured after the plane hit a flock of birds as it was coming into land at Full Sutton, a report has found.

The Piper Cherokee hit the birds as it descended to around 150ft, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).

This gave the 19-year-old pilot a choice of whether to land on the grass runway in the East Riding village.

The pilot chose to land, but the plane ran on to rough ground before overturning on October 20, 2014.

One passenger was seriously injured but two others managed to get out of the craft with the pilot.

One of at least two birds believed to have been struck hit the plane’s propeller. This left remains on the propeller of the plane, which had flown from Wellesbourne Mountford Airfield in the West Midlands.

The report concluded that the plane’s relatively inexperienced pilot had been presented with a critical situation.

A decision had to be made quickly about whether to proceed to a runway still some distance away at the airfield, the report said.

The other option was to make another approach with Full Sutton Airfield’s entire landing distance available.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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