‘Inexperience’ a factor in student pilot’s crash

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AN INVESTIGATION into how a plane crashed at the end of a student pilot’s second solo flight has been completed.

The 37-year-old pilot was on his second attempt to land at the airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent, on July 17.

A report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch has said the man ‘acknowledged that his inexperience was a probable factor in the accident.’

But he could not account for the Piper Cherokee propellor plane’s failure to respond to his attempt to correct his heading.

As reported in July, he suffered neck injuries after the incident, which saw the plane stop only after the nose leg collapsed, forcing the propellor into the ground.

He had completed a short navigation flight with the Phoenix Aviation school ahead of the attempted landing.

On the second attempt there was again a crosswind but the plane did not respond when he tried to correct this.

The duty radio operator at the airfield reported seeing the plane veer off the runway and travel 80 metres to the east in the crash. It had turned about 150 degrees left.

The plane had been flown without incident two hours before by a senior member. No defects were found afterwards.