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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17944
Last updated: 17 October 2020
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Date:11-APR-1971
Time:15:50 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J/1 Autocrat
Owner/operator:Knight Flying Group
Registration: G-AIRB
C/n / msn: 2214
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:East Bach Farm, English Bicknor, near Coleford, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:East Bach Farm, English Bicknor, near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:East Bach Farm, English Bicknor, near Coleford, Gloucestershire
Investigating agency: AIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 11/4/1971 when crashed at Eastbach Farm Airfield, English Bicknor, near Coleford, Gloucestershire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Shortly after becoming airborne on a local pleasure flight the aircraft made a steeply banked turn to the left through 180 degrees. On completion of the turn the nose dropped and the aircraft went into a spin from which it did not recover.

No evidence of pre-crash failure or malfunction was found. The report concludes that the accident was the result of a stall which in the circumstances of aft centre of gravity led to a spin from which there was insufficient height to recover. The evidence was insufficient to establish the cause of the stall."

All three persons (pilot and two passengers) on board were killed: only the pilot was named in the AAIB final report as Mr. G.S.jones (pilot, aged 41). The two passengers were not named. Registration G-AIRB was cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" on 21/5/1971

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f4a0e5274a13140004f3/7-1972_G-AIRB.pdf
2. CAA: https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AIRB-2.pdf
3. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=2110
4. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/G-AIRB
5. Auster G-AIRB at White Waltham 15/6/1952: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/5591254625/

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
18-Aug-2008 19:26 JINX Updated
07-Dec-2012 13:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2015 20:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2015 20:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Oct-2020 17:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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