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Pilot came off runway on only second flight
8:14am Friday 29th November 2013 in News
A LIGHT aircraft veered off a runway after a student pilot made an attempt to land on only his second solo flight.
The 1970s propeller plane left the landing strip “with significant power applied” amid 10 knot cross winds at Lee-on-the-Solent airfield.
The 37-year-old pilot was eventually able to bring the Piper Cherokee Warrior to a rest after the nose leg collapsed.
A report into the incident, on July 17, says that despite the pilot applying the right rudder pedal, the aircraft travelled 80metres to the east before it came to a stop.
A probe by the Air Accident Investigation Branch said he student “acknowledged that his inexperience was a probable factor” – but could not account for the aircraft’s failure to respond to his use of the rudder pedal.
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