Accident Cassutt Speed One G-AXDZ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174842
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Date:Sunday 6 September 1998
Time:12:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CASS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cassutt Speed One
Registration: G-AXDZ
MSN: PFA.1341
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Leicester Airport, Stoughton, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Leicester Airport (EGBG)
Destination airport:Leicester Airport (EGBG)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6 September 1998 when crashed at Leicester Airport whilst involved in air racing. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The Cassutt Speed One is a small single engine aircraft designed specifically for air racing. On the day of the accident, the weather was fine with a surface wind of 080 degrees/10 knots and no reported turbulence. The course for the race was an oval based on the active runway 10 and was approximately 4,000 metres in length.

The race proceded without incident until, as G-AXDZ approached the finish line at high speed and at about 100 feet AGL, it passed close to a slower aircraft as it overtook it. At this point, the pilot experienced a violent force accompanied by a sudden rearward movement of the control column which was snatched from his hand. The aircraft then entered a divergent pitch oscillation for about four cycles before it struck the runway and disintegrated.

The rubber and foam fuel tank survived the impact, but the fuel filler cap was dislodged and the escaping fuel ignited. The fire was quickly extinguished but not before the pilot had suffered extensive burns to his right hand. The pilot considered that the construction of the aircraft which included a roll bar and flexible fuel tank together with his flame proof flying coverall and gloves, prevented more serious injury.

The pilot considered that the probable cause of the accident was a divergent pitch oscillation initiated by the slipstream of the aircraft that he passed as he approached the finish line of the race".

The AAIB report confirms that the aircraft was "destroyed"; as a result the registration G-AXDZ was cancelled by the CAA on 26 February 1999


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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

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Revision history:

26-Mar-2015 16:41 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Mar-2015 16:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jun-2016 17:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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