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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191560
Last updated: 12 November 2019
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Date:22-NOV-2016
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic J3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper J3C-65 Cub
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-KURK
C/n / msn: 11527
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Gambella -   Ethiopia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Ad-Damazin, Sudan
Destination airport:Gambella, Ethiopia
Narrative:
A Piper J3C-65 Cub, named "Liberty Girl II", is reported missing on a three-hour flight from Ad-Damazin, Sudan to Gambella, Ethiopia. The pilot, Maurice Kirk (72), was participating in the Vintage Air Rally from Crete to Cape Town.

The Vintage Air Rally committee earlier announced that mr Kirk had to withdraw from the Rally: "This decision was taken due to a mismatch in expectations between the organisers and the participant."
Instead of returning to Khartoum at the advice of the Air Rally committee, he continued the flight south to Gambella.
The aircraft had suffered an engine failure while landing at Khartoum earlier.
The pilot is said to have survived the incident.

In 2008 Mr Kirk had to ditch his Piper Cub G-KIRK in the Caribbean Sea, off Puerto Plata.

Sources:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/british-pilot-missing-africa-after-9314871
https://www.facebook.com/VintageAirRally/posts/547022328825315
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.ebc.et/web/ennews/-/british-pilot-missing-in-africa-after-vanishing-during-vintage-plane-race]
https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/8117845
https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=2164
https://www.pipercubforum.com/sydney.htm
https://www.pipercubforum.com/gkirk.htm
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/nov/23/maurice-kirk-british-pilot-missing-vintage-plane-rally-piper-cub


Images:

Photo of G-KURK courtesy AirHistory.net


Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
4 September 2015; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Nov-2016 14:04 gerard57 Added
23-Nov-2016 14:19 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 17:02 Geno Updated [Country, Source]
23-Nov-2016 19:21 Geno Updated [Source]
24-Nov-2016 07:19 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2016 10:15 gerard57 Updated [Location, Damage]

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