HKPA report number 21

Site: Shek O

(***Click here for site guide***)

Date of Event: Saturday 20th of April 2013

This Accident report was filed on Wednesday 24th of April 2013 and the last change to the report was made on Friday 5th of July 2013 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 1
( 0 =No Injuries or Minor - brief visit to Doctor)
( 1 =Significant - hospitalized or work time loss less than 48 hours)
( 2 =Temporary Disabling Injuries)
( 3 =Permanent Partial Disabling Injuries)
( 4 =Permanent Total Disability)
( 5 =Fatal injuries)


A pilot holding a Club Pilot (PG2) Licence with 10+ years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 12-1400hrs on Saturday 20th of April 2013.

The conditions at the time were reported to be Variable with a E wind blowing approximately 10-15kph. The temperature was 15-19deg C with Overcast Cloud and Slight Haze Visibility.

There were reported to be 2-5 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Impact with Obstacle
Undershoot LZ

Event Description:

Setting up to land in the Rocky Bay LZ, losing some altitude over golf course, set up final over fence, hit sink and started flying toward fence.

Tried to swing around over pond but got right leg caught in razor wire, cut right ankle and calf, and splashed down into pond adjacent to fence.

Got to Eastern hospital for some stitches, and now i'm the proud owner of a walking frame, but no broken bones, ligament or tendon damage. Full recovery anticipated.

I'll never set up an approach over the fence...never should have anyway.

Also, my phone and radio were fried, so might be good to keep the mobile in a sealed plastic bag so, in case of a water landing, it'll work when you need to call for help. I was lucky and a golfer was there but a more remote location without functioning comms could delay medical treatment.

Any other advice/thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Committee Response: (if any )

Thankyou to the author of this report

Please everyone as Shek O becomes more used as the weather improves, Please be careful, if there is sufficient wind, then there is no need to get too close to the fence.

if you happen to get low , make the decision EARLY to choose another LZ. if you are just a little low you can try ( if there is enough room ) to go slightly to the Nth side of the fence where you can avoid the tall part of the wall.

Thanks again for the report to alert pilots about the hazard.

Committee Action: (if any )

Perhaps some thought can be given to writing to the Golf club to see if the barbed wire can be removed from the tall fence?

I think the windsock at the Shek O landing site is due for replacement too.

UPDATE: I have placed some images on the report and the site guide. this is to show the site landing area. Set up early for the landing. Plan to cross the fence at 10 ft then apply brake to achieve an earlier touchdown. When the wind is approx 10km , the landing is easier than when it is calm.

UPDATE 10/6/13: received email from the golf course regarding the fence, discussions in place about changing the shape of the fence barbed wire.

UPDATE 04/07/13: received email from the golf course regarding changes that have been made to the barbed wire design. alterations have been made to provide less chance of the barbed wire protruding to snag a low-flying pilot.