Crosswind blew landing aircraft into ploughed field

PUBLISHED: 11:20 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:05 06 May 2010

A LIGHT aircraft drifted off course as it landed and ended up in a ploughed field because of pilot inexperience in a gentle crosswind. The plane, a Pegasus Quantum, was landing at Plaistow s Farm in Chiswell Green on the afternoon of October 14 last year

A LIGHT aircraft drifted off course as it landed and ended up in a ploughed field because of pilot inexperience in a gentle crosswind.

The plane, a Pegasus Quantum, was landing at Plaistow's Farm in Chiswell Green on the afternoon of October 14 last year when it drifted right shortly before touchdown.

The pilot, who was on his own in the plane, was unable to climb away before it landed and headed towards the left-hand edge of the runway before ending up in an adjacent ploughed field.

The 53-year-old pilot, who was flying solo, was uninjured, and the plane was upright when it came to rest but there was some damage to the pod, nosewheel, sail and wingspar.

A report from their Air Accident Investigation Branch concluded that although the maximum crosswind component for operating the aircraft was 10mph, pilots who had only spent between 10 and 100 hours in command of a Pegasus Quantum should reduce that speed to five mph.

It goes on: "Uncorrected, the gentle crosswind from the left would have caused the aircraft to drift to the right of the runway centreline and, on touchdown, induce a slight left turn."

The pilot has since sought assistance with his technique from a flying instructor familiar with the aircraft.

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:46

Brave jumpers will splash into 2019 by bearing a freezing cold outside pool for charity.

Yesterday, 14:36

A shop in St Albans has been named the best independent spirits business at the “Oscars of the drink industry”.

Yesterday, 13:25

St Albans MP Anne Main has toured a number of city pubs which have been badly affected by a business rate increase.

Yesterday, 13:13

If you fancy a good laugh, a comedy club night returns to a St Albans venue this week with a quality line-up of four stand-ups.

CountryPhile

Recently we, as a family (minus two of the kids), visited The Lodge RSPB reserve in Sandy, Bedfordshire. I had never been before, which is perhaps amiss of me as a birdwatcher as it is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds or RSPB and only 45 minutes drive from home.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the The Herts Advertiser e-edition E-edition
Zoo Watch CountryPhile

Newsletter Sign Up

Herts Advertiser weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read stories

Show Job Lists

Herts Most Wanted Herts Business Awards