AAIB Bulletin on Venom G-GONE

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The following is taken from the September listings of the AAIB website http://www.aaib.detr.gov.uk/bulletin/sep01/sep01in.htm
which make for interesting reading.

Quote: "Although there was some nose vibration in the latter stages of the landing run, the pilot did not realise that he had landed with the wheels up until advised by ATC." Unquote

Also in this months lisings are reports for:
Harvard G-BRWB
Spitfire G-OXVI
TigerMoth G-AOJJ

Regards

Scotty
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United Kingdom
Air Accidents Investigation Branch
Bulletins (September 2001)

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AAIB Bulletin No: 9/2001 Ref: EW/G2001/06/01 Category: 1.1

Aircraft Type and Registration: De Havilland DH112 Venom FB1, G-GONE
No & Type of Engines: 1 De Havilland Ghost 48 MK.1 turbojet engine
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Date & Time (UTC): 2 June 2001 at 1013 hrs
Location: Biggin Hill Airport, Kent
Type of Flight: Private
Persons on Board: Crew - 1
Injuries: Crew - None
Nature of Damage: Damage to underside
Commander's Licence: Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence
Commander's Age: 69 years
Commander's Flying Experience: 5,574 hours (of which 242 were on type)
Last 90 days - 10 hours
Last 28 days - 6 hours
Information Source: Aircraft Accident Report Form submitted by the pilot

The aircraft was being flown from Bournemouth, Dorset to Biggin Hill, Kent as the number three aircraft in a three-aircraft formation positioning for the annual air display. Although the pilot had over 200 hours flying experience on type, this was only his second flight on type in 8 years and only his second flight in G-GONE. During his first flight on the previous day the pilot had noted that the undercarriage position indicator lights were quite dim and difficult to discern being positioned as they were to the lower left of the instrument panel.

On arrival at Biggin Hill the three aircraft carried out a 'run in and break' manoeuvre from line astern formation for a landing on Runway 21. On the downwind leg the pilot carried out the pre-landing checks which include, amongst other things, the lowering of the undercarriage and one third flap, and a check of brake pressure at the wheels. After lowering the flap, the pilot checked the flap position indicator and noticed that the flap was at more than the one third setting. He raised the flap to the correct setting and continued the approach.

As he entered the turn to the final approach the pilot lowered full flap and concentrated on achieving an even spacing between the three aircraft whilst avoiding the slipstream of the two aircraft ahead. He became conscious that the spacing between the lead aircraft and the number two was less than between his own aircraft and the number two and applied power to reduce his spacing on the aircraft ahead. He checked the undercarriage indications and, although he had some difficulty seeing the indications in the prevailing light conditions, he convinced himself that the undercarriage was down and called 'FINALS THREE GREENS on the tower frequency. The pilot then carried out a normal flare and smooth touchdown with the aircraft landing on its belly. Although there was some nose vibration in the latter stages of the landing run, the pilot did not realise that he had landed with the wheels up until advised by ATC. When the aircraft came to a halt the pilot closed down the aircraft systems, made the ejection seat safe and exited uninjured.

In his report the pilot considered that three factors contributed to his failure to lower the undercarriage. First, the undercarriage and flap levers are located in close proximity and are of similar design. Although he thought he was lowering the undercarriage in the pre-landing checks, he believes that he actually lowered flap. When he subsequently checked the flap position indicator after completing the checks and discovered more than the desired flap setting, he failed to associate the excess of flap with a failure to lower the undercarriage lever. Second, the location of the undercarriage position indicator in the cockpit and the intensity of the lights sometimes make the undercarriage position difficult to discern. Third, the concentration required to carry out a stream landing may have distracted him .

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RE: AAIB Bulletin on Venom G-GONE

:D
Perhaps the pilot has been secretly testing X-Cor's Me163 replica!!!
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did he ever make the same mistake in the previous 200 odd hours flying on this type??!!

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Yeh - I'd like to see him land a 737 on it's engine cowlings!!!

Is that why the cockpit voice thingie calls out "Retard, Retard"?

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Perhaps, as he was landing at a Battle of Britain airfield he was expecting someone to come running from dispersal and fire a very pistol into the air!!!!
"You could teach monkeys to fly better than that...."

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Only the second flight on type in eight years? Is that sufficient for a DA?

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The DA is not on type - it's on aircraft weight I believe. As she was landing I don't suppose that is considered as a display as she was being ferried up from Bournemouth to take part in the ill fated formation later in the day. As it turned out it was a
display for all the wrong reasons !
When all is said and done DeHavilland are not about to
redesign the Venom cockpit so I guess the are not many lessons to be learned - bad luck is all I can say!

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2 hours on type in the last 8 years, wheres his check ride???? it is not safe to think that you can remember how to fly an aircraft if you have only flown it for one hour in the last 8 yrs, aside from that, is not a check flight mandatory???

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Can I just say that I don't consider failing to put the undercarriage down a major failing in the pilot. I had to repair
a Mooney that was landed at Birmingham wheels up. The pilot was extremely experienced and very current - he just made a mistake.
Any amount of check flights-tests etc are not going to remove the factor that we are human . I dont see the police
forcing people to take their driving test again when someone
bumps another car so although the crash of the Venom was very public I don't think the are any lessons that we will learn from it. The breakdown of the two hours time would be interesting.
It's a long time if it was spent carrying out general handling and 'circuits and bumps' at Bournemouth

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Anyway how many twin stick Venom's are flying !!!!
The is one Sea Venom in the U.S flying but thats about it!

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I think failure to lower the undercarrage is something that experienced pilots do because everything becomes like second nature and basically fly by their own auto pilot, and don't double check everything like young or student pilots do(I should know). I think ther are two quotes that would suit this incident.
"A good landing is one you walk away from , a great landing is one where you can re-use the aircraft"
and the other
"S**t Happens!!"

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Well said - as long as the pilot is okay thats all that matters!

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Well, I'm not a pilot and so therefore am unable to comment on any technical aspects of this incident. I am however qualified to say that everyoone is liable to make mistakes and that if it was'nt for people like this guy we would'nt have airshows to go to. Give the guy a break. I bet he feels bad enough without getting any more hassle!!!

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Great discussion chaps, I'm glad I posted it now.

Unfortunately - I did exactly the same thing yesterday flying a Cessna into Halfpenny Green, lovely landing, nice flare, just no undercarriage. Luckly I was only flying my PC and FS2000pro.

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Well I guess it's just a matter of a cup of coffee then and then off you fly !!

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Only when the missus lets me! Talk about under the thumb!
Trying to get her to let me buy a cockpit, but she wants the kitchen ripped out. Sacrifices we blokes have to make.....

Role on the first Herc cockpit that comes on the market....Fit just nicely in the spare room!

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Couldn't you just buy her the galley out of something ????
VC-10 ?

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LAST EDITED ON 10-09-01 AT 05:01 PM (GMT)[p]corr...never thought of that. kill 2 birds with one stone!!!

we need a new settee too, now some nice comfy reclining ones from 13abc def would do. I could put a freight door on the side of the house and put some 463L pallets in the dining room. Yipee!!

I'll change the house number from 42 to XV102 and my name to Guy Gibson VC.

Then the divorce papers will come and i'll get kicked out, lose the house, the vc10 upgrade and the kids.

Oh well, looks like new worktop and tiles all around!

Scotty :-)

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yes mistakes do happen, but i think it is still a bit dodgy that he was intending to fly the aircraft, after 8 years with minimal retraining,to use someone elses analogy, how would you fare, 8 years after stepping out of one car, and then trying to drive it around, so that you dont break it, oh and scotty, it is now profanity to use halfpenny green on that airfield now, or so i'm told by a fiso over there!! to me it will always be halfpenny green, have some good memories there and have never landed wheels up there either!!!!! although my instructor seemed to want me to force the tail into the ground before the wheels, which i thought a bit odd, but then he was in charge, so it would be his fault not mine!!!

ps, that does not mean that i have ever landed wheels up anywhere.................. because my gear has been fixed largely!!!!!!!!

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It will always be Halfpenny Green to me too! I don't live all that far away from it over in Worcester.

I wondered how long it would be before flight simmers started re-enacting Tuesdays dreadfull events only to see some dickhead on Channel 4 news last night at 7pm doing it. Sad, very sad.

Oh well, with armagedon around the corner, I'd better get my Survive to Fight book and old uniform out the loft before we're all called up to fight Satan's hoards!

Keep the faith

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i have a brochure on buying nuclear shelters, and instructions on how to use a dosimeter if thats any use to anyone????

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