The pilot was ferrying his aircraft on a short flight from Shannon Airport to Brittas Airfield, 10 miles east of Limerick city. This private airfield’s surface is mostly short grass, with compacted gravel in places. The pilot was familiar with the airfield as he had landed there on a number of occasions.
There were scattered rain showers about the general area that morning and on the airfield. The pilot said that the final was too fast and, in addition, the aircraft was “landed long”. When full brakes were applied, braking action was poor, the runway surface was damp. The aircraft overran the end of the runway and finally stopped with its nose in the airfield boundary ditch. The pilot, who was wearing a lap and diagonal harness, exited the aircraft uninjured. There was no fire.