ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17711
Last updated: 23 December 2014
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Date:01-JUN-2007
Time:14:45
Type:Europa
Owner/operator:Williams Richard Mills
Registration: G-HOFC
C/n / msn: PFA 247-1273
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Undy, near Magor, Gwent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bodmin Airfield, Cornwall
Destination airport:Uckfield Farm strip
Narrative:
The pilot and a friend were returning from Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall to Uckfield Farm strip near Newport, Gwent. The aircraft was seen by witnesses flying at approximately 500 ft in a wings-level attitude, possibly in a gentle descent. The engine sounded normal, running at a medium to high speed. Witnesses on the ground saw the tail move up and down rapidly, and debris was seen to fall from the aircraft before the wings and horizontal tailplanes detached. The fuselage came down in a grass field, fatally injuring both occupants. The investigation has found that a structural failure of the right wing trailing edge retaining pin mechanism had initiated the in-flight break-up of the aircraft.

As a result of the AAIB initial findings, the Light Aircraft Association released two Airworthiness Bulletins requiring immediate and repetitive inspections:

- PFA 247/FSB006 ‘Europa Classic and Europa XS Tailplane Flutter Avoidance and Integrity Of Tailplane Attachment’
- PFA 247/FSB007 ‘Europa Classic Integrity of Wing Attachment’.

The content of these Airworthiness Bulletins was made mandatory in the UK by the issue of Mandatory Permit Directives. The final accident report concludes that these modifications and the mandated inspections of aircraft already completed, adequately address the construction issue. This accident only affects older Europa Classic aircraft, all of which should have now been modified and not the XS model which has a different structure.

Registration cancelled by the CAA on 07.02.2008 as "destroyed" and "addressee Status: Deceased"

Sources:
1. http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/special_bulletins/s3_2007___europa_classic__g_hofc.cfm
2. http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/Europa,%20G-HOFC%2005-08.pdf
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_XS#Accidents
4. http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/1452857.plane_crash_inquest_opened/
5. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/6713087.stm
6. http://news.sky.com/story/516270/rescuers-find-bodies-at-plane-crash-site
7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1081842/Two-amateur-pilots-died-plane-crumbled-mid-air.html
8. http://www.tredegar.co.uk/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1317

G-HOFC at Abingdon 14/15 May 2004:

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-May-2008 01:31 harro Added
22-Dec-2012 16:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2014 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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