April 24, 2023 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Flight Design Aircraft Bounced on Landing, Fatality

Flight Design

During a flight from Temple Bruer airstrip in Lincolnshire to Beccles Aerodrome, Suffolk, the Flight Design CT2K aircraft approach was described as “unstable.”

The Flight Design aircraft bounced on landing and probably stalled. The aircraft struck the ground and the pilot was fatally injured as a result.  

The pilot was familiar with the Flight Design aircraft and in recent practice, but the landing diverged from his intended plan.

Given the pilot was 87 years old and recognized he would likely have to stop flying in the near future, it is possible that some age-related deterioration in human performance was a factor in this accident. 

The AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) investigation highlighted a lack of medical guidance for both pilots and medical professionals, as well as a cohort of private pilots who are not subject to an independent professional assessment of age-related deterioration in piloting ability.  

As a result of the investigation, four Safety Recommendations have been made to the Civil Aviation Authority. Three of these are about the Pilot Medical Declaration and one concerns the revalidation of ratings. 

Learn more about this accident by downloading the full AAIB report.

Source content and photo credit: AAIB, “AAIB investigation to Flight Design CT2K, G-CBDJ,” published April 20, 2023.

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