Investigation Findings

Investigation Findings

ZK JFI wreckage2These are the investigation findings from the CAA accident report.

You can view the full report on the CAA website here and a pdf version here.

  • The pilot was appropriately licensed and fit to carry out the flight.
  • The pilot was familiar with operating at Monk’s Strip.
  • The moderate turbulence and crosswind conditions encountered by the pilot at the time of the accident were significant factors.
  • The pilot had limited the amount of wing flap selected for landing which was likely as a decision he made based on the crosswind conditions.
  • Due to the approach being high and fast for landing on the airstrip, it would have been prudent for the pilot to have conducted a go-around rather than continue with the landing.
  • The aircraft landed approximately halfway down the airstrip, and the pilot would not have been able to stop the aircraft prior to it contacting the boundary fence.
  • The pilot fully retracted the wing flaps either during landing or the subsequent takeoff.
  • After takeoff, the pilot continued to raise the nose attitude of the aircraft to an excessively high angle.
  • After entering the turbulence at the eastern end of the airstrip during climb-out, the aircraft stalled and departed from controlled flight.
  • The pilot’s actions for a stall recovery were incorrect; however, there was probably insufficient altitude available to ensure a safe recovery.
  • The aircraft struck the ground from a fully developed wing drop stall.
  • Due to the rotational forces at impact, the pilot was not restrained by his shoulder harness and received fatal injuries.