ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89990
Last updated: 30 May 2015
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Narrative:The pilot was performing a solo aerobatics sequence, in good weather. According to some sources, the sequence was a flying display for a friends birthday party. The aircraft appeared to depart from controlled flight at a height of around 4,500 ft agl during a looping manoeuvre and settled into an erect spin to the left. After the aircraft had descended about 2,500 ft, the pilot transmitted a 'MAYDAY' call in which he said that he was in a spiral dive and could not recover.
Slingsby T.67M Firefly
|Owner/operator:||Nicholas James Heard & Stephen John Cowham (reg. own|
|C/n / msn:|| 2114|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Hoxne, near Eye, Suffolk -
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Departure airport:||Old Buckenham Airfield (EGSV)|
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"
||Dr. John Smith
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||Dr. John Smith
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