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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89990
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Time:13:56 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic RF6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Slingsby T67M Firefly
Owner/operator:Nicholas James Heard & Stephen John Cowham
Registration: G-BUUD
C/n / msn: 2114
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hoxne, near Eye, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Old Buckenham Airfield (EGSV)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilot was performing a solo aerobatics sequence, in good weather. According to some sources, the sequence was flying display for a friends birthday party. The aircraft appeared to depart from controlled flight at a height of around 4,500 feet agl during a looping manoeuvre and settled into an erect spin to the left. After the aircraft had descended to about 2,500 feet, the pilot transmitted a 'MAYDAY' call in which he said that he was in a spiral dive and could not recover.

The aircraft continued to spin and descend vertically until it struck the ground. The pilot was fatally injured in the impact. No signs of a pre-impact anomaly with the aircraft were found, but the amount of evidence available from the wreckage was limited by severe ground fire damage and the possibility that a pre-impact deficiency had contributed to the accident could not be eliminated. Two recommendations have been made, regarding the wearing of parachutes and the performing of solo aerobatics while undergoing a course of instruction.

Aircraft written off (damaged beyond repair) and the registration G-BUUD was cancelled by the CAA on 17.03.2007 as "destroyed" and "Addressee Status: Deceased"


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2. CAA:

Revision history:

09-Feb-2011 15:01 harro Added
12-Oct-2012 18:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Dec-2014 19:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Nov-2015 16:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
29-Aug-2016 12:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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