Wirestrike Accident Savannah VG Jabiru G-CGTV,
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Date:Thursday 25 June 2020
Time:20:10 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic SVNH model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Savannah VG Jabiru
Registration: G-CGTV
Year of manufacture:2011
Engine model:Jabiru 2200
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Scurf Dyke Farm, Hutton Cranswick, near Driffield, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Scurf Dyke Farm, near Driffield, East Yorkshire
Destination airport:Beverley/Linley Hill Airport (EGNY)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
AAIB investigation to Savannah VG, G-CGTV: Inadvertent flap deployment, Scurf Dyke Farm, Hutton Cranswick, near Driffield, East Yorkshire, 25 June 2020. The Final AAIB report was published on 14 January 2021, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"The pilot had prepared for a local evening flight from his home farm strip to Beverley Airfield and after completing the pre-flight checks, he lined the aircraft up on an easterly heading to take off into a light wind. The farm strip was approximately 220 metre long, dry, cut-grass pasture with power lines at the eastern end and farm buildings to the north.

With the flaps set to the normal take off configuration of 20 degrees, he commenced the take off roll. Approximately two thirds along the ground roll, the pilot reported that he felt one of the main wheels strike a bump which caused his knee to touch the flap lever. The flaps then deployed to full flaps of 40 degrees. The aircraft started to climb at very low speed and was close to stalling. To avoid a stall, the pilot lowered the nose, but was conscious that he needed to
maintain enough height to avoid the power lines at the end of the strip.

Having cleared the power lines, he reported that he felt the left wing starting to stall and so applied left rudder and lowered the nose further. The aircraft veered to the left and struck a stack of hay bales at approximately 10 m above the ground. It then struck the ground tail first before coming to rest. The pilot was able to turn off the fuel before exiting the aircraft with only minor injuries".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Aircraft Destroyed". A photograph in the AAIB report shows G-CGTV to have been twisted into a "banana" shape, with the forward fuselage bent upwards at 45 degrees.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: AAIB-26764
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5fd8b2dce90e071be9196fd8/Savannah_VG_G-CGTV_01-21.pdf
2. Savannah VG Jabiru, Breighton Airfield, October 2012: https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000816942.html
3. G-CGTV at Popham Airfield, 30th April 2011: https://www.flickr.com/photos/fido100/5690159156
4. G-CGTV at Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green on 8-4-2012; https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/ICP-MXP-740-Savannah-VG-Jabiru/2131637


Photo: AAIB


Savannah VG Jabiru G-CGTV at Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green 8 April 2012: Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport Photos: April 2012 &emdash; G-CGTV ICP MXP-740 Savannah VG Jabiru(1)

Revision history:

14-Jan-2021 19:09 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jan-2021 20:37 harro Updated [Operator, Embed code, Accident report, Photo]

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