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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89987
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Time:12:39 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman AA-1B Yankee
Owner/operator:Andrew Wayne Cattermole (reg owner)
Registration: G-BDLS
C/n / msn: AA1-0564
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Corn Hill, between Pattishall and Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cranfield, Bedfordshire (EGTC)
Destination airport:Cranfield, Bedfordshire (EGTC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
A recently qualified pilot was on a flight with a passenger, when the aircraft entered a spin. The plot was unable to recover from the spin, and the aircraft crashed. The plot and passenger were fatally injured.

The aircraft had no apparent defects prior to the accident although it was found to be overweight and the Centre of Gravity (C of G) was beyond the aft limit. It is considered that a combinaton of the aircraft’s weight, its C of G being out of limits, and the plot’s inexperience, all led to the aircraft unintentionally enterng a spin. The aircraft was not certified for spinning.

MAYDAY declared and aircraft spun into field from 5,000 feet. At 12:39 hours the plot made the following distress call: “MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY GOLF LIMA SIERRA HAS GONE INTO A SPIN LOSING HEIGHT RAPIDLY”

No further transmissions from the pilot were received. Witnesses described seeing an aircraft at about this time in a flat spin, descending on to a remote field known as Corn Hill, off the A5, between Pattishall and Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, about 17 nautical miles north-west of Cranfield. The aircraft was seen to spin through between five to eight rotations before hitting the ground in a field.

According to a later BBC report on the inquest into the deaths of the two persons on board, their names were stated as being pilot Paul Hanley, 35, from Duston, and passenger Michael Ryan, 34, from Northampton. Both men suffered multiple injuries in the crash. Passers-by first on the scene tried to give first aid, but Mr Hanley died almost immediately at the crash scene, from head and neck injuries, including a massive fracture to his skull. Mr Ryan was taken to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry by Air Ambulance with serious injuries, but died later the same day.

Aircraft written off (damaged beyond repair) and the registration G-BDLS was cancelled by the CAA on 21.11.2005


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Revision history:

09-Feb-2011 14:55 harro Added
15-Sep-2012 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2013 02:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Dec-2014 16:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Aug-2016 22:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Aug-2016 12:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2016 13:06 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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