Incident – LDZL Storm Damage 04 OCT 2020

By me
All photos me too, copyrighted

On the night of 03 October at around 21:00-22:00 local time, Lučko Airfield (LDZL) suffered a hit by a powerful squall line that caused considerable material damage – but, fortunately, no human (or animal) casualties. According to information available at the time of writing (subject to update), the airfield was struck by sudden gale-force winds and hail, with wind speeds in excess of 65 knots (as recorded by the anemometer just before it failed).

As of 16:00 local on 04 October, the damage to aircraft includes:

  • Reims FR172F Rocket | 9A-DMJ: flipped over, heavy damage
  • Cessna 150M | 9A-DEY: flipped over, heavy damage
  • Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub | 9A-DBS: struck by hangar door, heavy damage
  • Scheibe SF-25B Falke | 9A-DGZ: struck by hangar door, heavy damage
  • Pilatus B4-PC11AF | 9A-GPA: struck by debris, superficial damage
  • Storm Century 04 | YL-ARV: struck by hail, light damage
  • Mil Mi-8MTV-1/Mi-171Sh (4-5 machines): struck by hail, rotor damage

In the same period, the damage to infrastructure is:

  • main hangar: doors blown in, partial roof collapse
  • police hangar annex: light roof damage
  • Delta Air canvas hangar: severe damage
  • fuel pump: protective housing damaged

Unsurprisingly, the airfield has been closed for a week, as per the following NOTAM:

AERODROME CLOSED TO ALL TFC EXCEPT POLICE AND MIL HEL. 04 OCT 00:04 2020 UNTIL 11 OCT 22:00 2020. CREATED: 04 OCT 00:06 2020

UPDATE: as of the evening of 05 October, the above NOTAM is no longer in force; the airfield is now open once again

More information and photos as the situation develops!

Photo updates:

The perfect metaphor for this day: beautiful flying weather viewed through the mangled tail of a Cessna 150…
Temporary repairs to the main hangar doors, until the original two sections (on the floor) can be reinstalled
In jail. All airworthy aircraft had quickly been relocated to other parts of the airfield, with only DGZ, DBS and grounded Starduster Too 9A-DID remaining inside

Changelog:

  • 04 OCT 12:00 local – initial info
  • 04 OCT 16:00 local – aircraft and infrastructure damage revised
  • 04 OCT 16:30 local – new photos added
  • 05 OCT 21:00 local – airfield status updated

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