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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 68399
Last updated: 4 December 2016
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Date:29-SEP-2009
Time:
Type:LINDSTRAND LBL GT110
Owner/operator:BBC TV/Top Gear Productions
Registration: G-TOPG
C/n / msn: 1266
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Eltisley Cricket Ground, Eltisley, near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:Eltisley Cricket Ground, near St. Neots, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
This Hot Air Airship had been rigged up with a caravan replacing the basket for a Top Gear television programme stunt. Show presenter James May was guiding the airship for a landing on the cricket pitch at Eltisley when the craft was blown off course into a tree. The speed of impact was said to be under 5mph. James May was unharmed but the airship was substantially damaged. Some press reports stated that the "crash" was not a "real crash", but a staged stunt (The fact that no AAIB accident report was filed adds to the latter speculation that there was no accident).

Registration G-TOPG cancelled 10/5/2010 as "Permanently withdrawn from use". It was reported that the "caravan" part of this balloon (that was used in lieu of a basket) was presented to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, Hampshire

Sources:
1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/6247486/Top-Gear-caravan-stunt-backfires.html
2. http://www.microlightforum.com/showthread.php?2535-James-May-wasn-t-P1-on-G-TOPG-Airship
3. http://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=59726
4. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=TOPG
5. http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/top-gear-is-flop-gear-as-james-421916
6. http://metro.co.uk/2009/12/03/james-mays-top-gear-flying-caravan-stunt-was-fake-619350/
7. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1232622/Top-Gear-stunt-saw-airship-flying-airport-exposed-carefully-orchestrated-fake.html
8. http://www.carsuk.net/top-gears-james-may-crashes/
9. https://www.facebook.com/UKBalloonRegister/photos/a.358227047574076.80465.356738874389560/1188183554578417/?type=3&theater


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Oct-2009 22:59 ACW367 Added
29-Nov-2009 20:59 217.146.110.143 Updated
15-Sep-2012 15:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Dec-2014 22:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Nov-2016 12:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2016 12:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2016 12:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
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