ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67991
Last updated: 25 October 2014
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Date:22-AUG-2009
Time:12:10 LT
Type:Zivko Edge 540
Owner/operator:Vicki Cruse
Registration: N540BW
C/n / msn: 0021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Silverstone racing circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire (EGBV) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:EGBV
Destination airport:EGBV
Narrative:
The aircraft was being flown in an aerobatic competition during which it failed to recover from a downwards snap roll manoeuvre, initiated at about 2,300 ft agl. The aircraft continued to rotate until it struck the ground, fatally injuring the pilot.

The single seater Zivko Edge 540 plane crashed on the southern end of the racetrack at midday killing the famous acrobatic pilot Vicki Cruse. As seen on a photo, ít was not Vicki's own machine, but Zivko Edge 540 N540BW. The US didn't transport own aircraft and Vicki "borrowed" an European based example.

The AAIB investigation discovered a mechanism whereby rudder pedal extensions used by the pilot could have contributed to a rudder control restriction, but pilot incapacitation was also considered a possible contributory factor.

Registration N540BW cancelled by the FAA on 9/11/2009

Sources:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/northamptonshire/8215889.stm
http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/Zivko%20Aeronautics%20Inc%20Edge%20540,%20N540BW%2009-10.pdf
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6072987/Woman-dies-in-aircraft-crash-at-racing-circuit.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1208325/Female-pilot-killed-plane-crashes-Silverstone.html

http://diamondpilots.blogspot.com/2009/08/aerobatic-pilot-vicki-cruse-dies-in-air.html (+photo of the wreck)
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=540BW&x=0&y=0

N540BW Zivko Edge 540

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Aug-2009 11:34 RobertMB Added
22-Aug-2009 22:25 FLYING BROTHER NO.1 Updated
23-Aug-2009 06:14 RobertMB Updated
23-Aug-2009 12:16 78Delta Updated
23-Aug-2009 13:21 RobertMB Updated
23-Aug-2009 13:26 RobertMB Updated
08-Jan-2011 09:07 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
15-Oct-2012 16:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Oct-2012 17:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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