Accident Savannah VG Jabiru G-DOTW,
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Date:Tuesday 7 July 2020
Time:12:04 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SVNH model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Savannah VG Jabiru
Registration: G-DOTW
Year of manufacture:2008
Engine model:Jabiru 2200A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Barville Farm, near Dover, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Clipgate Farm, Denton, Kent
Destination airport:Barville Farm, near Dover, Kent
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
AAIB investigation to Savannah VG Jabiru, G-DOTW: Right wing contacted the ground during a go-around, Barville Farm, Dover, Kent, 7 July 2020. The AAIB Final report into the incident was published on 10 December 2020, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"An unlicensed student pilot was operating the aircraft from the left seat while a friend who was a pilot with a NPPL"[National Private Pilots Licence] "sat in the right. During the flare before touchdown, the aircraft experienced turbulence and maximum power was applied to go around. The left wing lifted and the right wing struck the ground, causing the aircraft to rotate to the right and come to rest facing the way it had come

The CAA stated that the pilot operating an aircraft such as this would normally be expected to sit in the left seat but would be permitted to operate from the right seat provided they had full access to all controls. The aircraft was fitted with toe operated wheel brakes on the left side of the cockpit which could only be operated from the left pilot’s seat.

A non-licence holder can only handle the controls when under the instruction of a Flight Instructor during flying training, including solo flying training, for the granting or renewal of a pilot’s licence or the inclusion or variation of any rating or certificate in a pilot’s licence.

During the final approach to land, the aircraft experienced turbulence caused by wind passing over a wood to the left of the runway. The increase in wind from the left lifted the left wing, causing the right wing to lower sufficiently to strike the ground"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Severe damage to the engine and airframe"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: AAIB-26773
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Final Report:
3. G-DOTW at North Coates (X4NC) 7-5-2016:
4. G-DOTW at Northrepps, Cromer (X3CX) 28/3/2012:

Revision history:

12-Dec-2020 21:52 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Dec-2020 14:22 harro Updated [Accident report]

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