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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 189189
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Europa XS
Registration: N8072U
C/n / msn: A048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire (EGBP)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 25-03-2005 when crashed during initial climb-out from Cotswold Airport, Kemble, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Both persons on board sustained fatal injuries. Contemporary BBC reports (see links #3 & #5) state that the aircraft came down at Culkerton, Gloucestershire, half a mile from Kemble airfield. They also name the two fatalities as "Christopher Bird, 52, and his daughter Madeleine. Both lived in St Georges Street in the Brentry area of Bristol. A post-mortem examination revealed that Mr Bird died of multiple injuries, and Miss Bird died from multiple injuries and the effects of fire". According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The kit built aircraft was taking off in good weather conditions with the owner and his daughter, both pilots, on board. During the climb-out it entered a spin, from which it did not recover. Both pilots were fatally injured in the accident.

A post crash fire destroyed much of the aircraft rendering identification of features of the aircraft and hence the process of investigation more difficult. It was concluded, however, that the aircraft probably lacked any form of effective stall warning and may well have retained undesirable stall/spin characteristics.

Development flying to improve such characteristics, normally carried out on British registered examples of the type, appears not to have taken place on this aircraft. No positive evidence of mechanical or structural failure or of pilot incapacitation was found."

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration N8072U was cancelled by the FAA, but not until 11-08-2007, over two years later.


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2. FAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

10-Aug-2016 13:59 Dr.John Smith Added

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