ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67991
Last updated: 28 April 2015
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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.
|Type:||Zivko Edge 540|
|C/n / msn:|| 0021|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Silverstone racing circuit, Towcester, Northamptonshire (EGBV) -
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
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
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
||FLYING BROTHER NO.1
||Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
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