ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89990
Last updated: 30 September 2016
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Narrative: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.
Slingsby T67M Firefly
|Owner/operator:||Nicholas James Heard & Stephen John Cowham|
|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"
1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422ea79e5274a1314000009/Slingsby_T67M-MkII_Firefly__G-BUUD_10-07.pdf
2. CAA: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BUUD
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