Investigation of air accident at Svolvær Airport Helle

Description

On 9 July 2019 the commander started on a local sightseeing trip with two passengers. One of the passengers had some previous flight training. The commander, who was an experienced flight instructor, let the passenger take over the controls. During take off, as the aeroplane attained rotation speed, the passenger and the commander discovered that the gust lock had not been removed from the control wheel. The aeroplane reached an altitude of 6 - 7 ft above the runway, and bounced several times. The commander aborted the takeoff, whereupon the aeroplane landed hard on the runway. They succeeded in bringing the aeroplane to a halt, 50 meters short of the end of the runway, close to the northeastern runway edge. The occupants escaped injury, but there was significant damage to the engine firewall, engine mounts, nose landing gear leg and the propeller.

Latest update: 07.08.2019

Location
Svolvær Airport Helle (ENSH), Norway
Occurrence date
09.07.2019
ICAO Location indicator
ENSH
Aircraft
Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Operator
Lofoten flyklubb
Registration
LN-ZLV
Meteorological conditions
VMC
County
Nordland
Type of occurrence
Accident
Type of operation
Private (club)
Category of operation
Light, aeroplane (< 5 700kg)
Aircraft category
Landplane, Single-engine, Piston engine
FIR/AOR
ENBD (Bodø ATCC)
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