Accident Europa XS Monowheel G-BYIK, Saturday 16 March 2024
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Date:Saturday 16 March 2024
Time:13:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Europa XS Monowheel
Registration: G-BYIK
MSN: PFA 247-12771
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Full Sutton Airfield (EGNU), East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Full Sutton Airfield (EGNU)
Destination airport:Full Sutton Airfield (EGNU)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A light aircraft - subsequently identified as Europa XS Monowheel G-BYIK - crashed on 16.3.2024 in a field off Common Lane near Full Sutton Airfield (EGNU). The pilot had a fortunate escape as he managed to exit the cockpit before firefighters arrived. Thankfully, there were no injuries reported in this incident

A spokesperson for Humberside Fire and Rescue confirmed that there had been no injuries. The fire and rescue service’s incident log reports: “Light aircraft crash landed. Male self-released prior to arrival of fire service. Inspection only by firefighters. Incident left with airfield staff and ambulance.”

According to a report by Air Yorkshire (April 2024 issue - see link #5):

"On 16.3 [2024] resident G-BYIK Europa departed the runway and cartwheeled before coming to rest upright with serious damage. The sole occupant was not seriously injured but the Yorkshire Air Ambulance attended anyway, with G-YORX Bk.117D-3 (call sign "Helimed 98") arriving at 13.11hrs, departing 13.48hrs from & to its Nostell base. Very rare to get a helicopter at Full Sutton, as they are normally banned due to the proximity of the prison" [HMP Full Sutton]

According to the AirNav RadarBox website (see link #6) G-BYIK has not flown since this incident

UPDATE: The AAIB Investigated the incident, and the following is the summary from the AAIB Report published on 11 July 2024:

"The aircraft bounced while landing at Full Sutton Airfield and the pilot initiated a go-around. He opened the throttle, the aircraft lifted off and started to climb. However, he felt that he had pitched up too much and so levelled off at about 80 ft agl, at which point the left wing dropped and the aircraft descended. The left wing hit the ground and the aircraft partially cartwheeled damaging the propeller, wing tip and tail fin before coming to a stop. The pilot was able to exit the aircraft with minor injuries.

=Pilot’s comments=
The pilot considered there were several factors which led to the accident. He touched down “a little faster” than he would have liked which resulted in the bounce. He then applied power too late during the go-around and, whilst reducing the pitch angle and levelling off, the aircraft airspeed decreased. He believes the aircraft may also have been affected by turbulence and airflow around the nearby hangars.

=Damage to airframe=
Per the above AAIB Report "Tail fin, left wing, aileron and propeller damaged". The damage sustained must have been severe enough to warrant that the aircraft was "damaged beyond repair", as the CAA cancelled the registration G-BYIK (with the airframe being de-registered) on 3 June 2024 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

Full Sutton Airfield (ICAO: EGNU) is an unlicensed aerodrome located 8 nautical miles (15 km; 9.2 miles) east of York in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. It is located adjacent to, and south-east of, HMP Full Sutton. Runway 04/22 at Full Sutton is a grass surface, 772 by 19 m (2,533 by 62 ft) strip and is the only runway in use at the aerodrome.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Report:



G-BYIK Europa Aviation Europa at Sywell, Northamptonshire (ORM/EGBK) 4 September 2021 G-BYIK

Revision history:

19-Mar-2024 14:51 aus Added
19-Mar-2024 14:52 ASN Updated [Category]
19-Mar-2024 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2024 23:30 wavesurfer Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
15-May-2024 18:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
20-Jun-2024 08:32 CRASHREPORTER Updated [Location, Category]
13-Jul-2024 11:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
14-Jul-2024 05:58 ASN Updated [Accident report]

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