ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89990
Last updated: 22 December 2014
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Date:16-JUL-2006
Time:13:56 local
Type:Slingsby T.67M Firefly
Owner/operator:Nicholas James Heard & Stephen John Cowham (reg. own
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.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Old Buckenham Airfield (EGSV)
Destination airport:
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.

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"

Sources:
1. http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BUUD
2. http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/october_2007/slingsby_t67m_mkii_firefly__g_buud.cfm
3. http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/tributes_to_pilot_killed_in_plane_crash_1_76269
4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/suffolk/5187648.stm
5. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-396155/Pilot-loop-death-family-looks-on.html
6. http://www.pprune.org/private-flying/235149-display-aircraft-fatal-crash-cambridge.html

Slingsby Aviation Ltd Slingsby T.67M MK.II Firefly G-BUUD

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]
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