ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89987
Last updated: 30 August 2014
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Date:17-NOV-2005
Time:12:39 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman AA1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BDLS
C/n / msn: AA1-0564
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bugbrooke, about 17 nm north-west of Cranfield. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Cranfield, Bedfordshire (EGTC)
Destination airport:Cranfield, Bedfordshire (EGTC)
Narrative:
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 (CG) was beyond the aft limit. It is considered that a combinaton of the aircraft’s weight, its CG being out of limits, and the plot’s inexperence, 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 near the village of Bugbrooke, about 17 nm north-west of Cranfield. The aircraft was seen to spin through between five to eight rotations before hitting the ground in a field.

Sources:
http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/Grumman%20AA-1B,%20G-BDLS%2011-06.pdf
http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BDLS

G-BDLS at the 1975 Farnborough Air Show 1975, Farnborough Airshow

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]
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