Pilot and passenger walked away from plane crash near Rutland Water

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A pilot and his passenger walked away unhurt after their two seater light aircraft crash landed at a private airstrip near Rutland Water.

The aircraft was badly damaged in the crash.

In an official air crash report the pilot has pinpointed his own lack of experience in flying the aircraft as a contributory factor in the incident.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch report says that the 1962 built, blue Emeraude owned by Timothy Darters of Manor Farm Lane, Castor, was on its landing approach to the grass airstrip after a 40 minute flight on the morning of July 28, but it never reached the strip.

It crash landed about 40m short.

The report said: “The pilot reported that the aircraft became slow on the approach and sank. He applied power to correct this, but the aircraft landed heavily approximately 40m short of the start of the airstrip.

“Both occupants were wearing full harnesses and neither was injured. The pilot considered that his low flying time on type was probably a contributory factor in the accident.”

The report says that the 49-year-old pilot had 196 hours flying experience, but only two hours of this was from flying the aircraft which crash landed.

During the incident the landing gear of the aircraft collapsed and the fuselage, engine cowling and propeller were damaged.