HKPA report number 28

Site: Shek O

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

Date of Event: Wednesday 1st of January 2014

This Accident report was filed on Monday 6th of January 2014 and the last change to the report was made on Friday 24th of January 2014 by Trevor Gribble

Injury Index = 0
( 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)

Details:

A pilot holding a Club Pilot (PG3) Licence with 3-5 years of experience whist flying at Shek O at approximately 12-1400hrs on Wednesday 1st of January 2014.

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

There were reported to be 6-10 pilots at the site.

Factors in this Accident:
Airmanship
Impact with Obstacle
Undershoot LZ
Water Landing

Event Description:

During the landing approach at Rocky Beach pilot hit big sink and it become clear that pilot could not clear the fence towards the golf course.

Pilot decided to try an approach over pond to clear the lower fence but even that didn't work out (missing by 50 centimeters).

Pilot had a quite hard impact into the fence (which slightly gave way), then slid down into the pond water.

No injury to the pilot but three lines broken.

Advice for other pilots, always assume that there could be big sink coming into landing at Rocky Beach. Better come in too high (in case you are coming in too high you still have the beach to land).

Committee Response: (if any )

Please review the site guide for Shek O which describes the LZ. As you can see there is an upslope as you land which makes the landing more easy, and the need to cross the fence at a higher height a better option

Committee Action: (if any )

NIL Action Yet

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