A pilot has walked away from an aeroplane accident with just a few aches and pains. The man was flying a Cessna 152 training plane that came down at Halfpenny Green Airport in Bobbington, South Staffordshire. He was given the all-clear by a doctor at the scene.
The single-engine plane flipped over as it landed at the airfield, coming to rest upside down. An ambulance crew, paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance, based at RAF Cosford, all attended the incident, which happened around 10:25am. Thankfully, the pilot managed to climb out of the plane unaided and escaped serious injury.
The West Midlands Ambulance Hazardous Response Team tweeted shortly after the accident: “A light aircraft crashed & landed upside down at Bobbington Airport. Pilot self extricated and seen by ambulance crew so team stood down.”
The safety record of microlight aeroplanes is very good, but accidents do happen. Loss of control accounts for nearly half of all accidents, while airframe failure is another possible cause. Engine failures are rare. If this happens, the aircraft can usually slide back to ground thanks to large high-lift wings.
In this case, it is understood that the pilot ran into trouble during the landing process. As the plane touched down, it flipped over and came to rest on its roof at the side of the runway. The airport’s fire safety team was immediately dispatched but thankfully no fire broke out. Normal service was soon restored after the upside down aircraft was removed from the runway.
Source: Daily Mail
Date Published: August 18, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown