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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19448
Last updated: 13 December 2020
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Date:30-APR-1966
Time:13:41hr
Type:Taylorcraft Auster I
Owner/operator:LINCOLN AERO CLUB
Registration: G-AIRE
C/n / msn: 223
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Spurn Head/Humber estuary, Yorkshire. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Kirton-in-Lindsey
Destination airport:X Country & RTB
Narrative:
POST T/O AND O/H IMMINGHAM ON TRACK TO SPURN POINT DESCENDED TO SEA LEVEL PARALLEL TO THE SHORELINE. FOLLOWING A FIRST RUN, PULL UP AND STEEP L/H TURN, LEVELLED OUT FOR A SECOND RUN. THE MANOUVRE WAS REPEATED WITH THE SECOND PULL UP AND STEEP L/H TURN WITH INSUFFICIENT HT TO COMPLETE THE TURN THE PORT WING CLIPPED THE SEA AND CARTWHEELED THE A/C.

BOTH OCCUPANTS EXTRICATED THEMSELVES AT THIS POINT. THE PILOT WAS BADLY SHAKEN WHEN SEEN IN THE WATER WITH A HEAD WOUND. THE SURVIVOR - ESTIMATED THE SHORE TO BE APPROXIMATELY 200/300 YARDS AWAY AND BY VARIOUS STROKES GOT TO WITHIN 100 YARDS WHEN
A NON-SWIMMER WITH A LOG SWAM OUT AND ENCOURAGED THE SURVIVOR TO KEEP GOING.

SOMEWHERE AROUND THE END OF MAY, THE PILOT'S BODY HAD BEEN WASHED ASHORE THE SAME BEACH AND FOUND BY A MAN WALKING HIS DOG. A COPY OF THE ACCIDENT REPORT WAS SENT TO THE SURVIVOR IN THE SEPTEMBER AND ITS CONCLUSION WAS ATTRIBUTED TO P/E.

I WAS THE SURVIVOR. THIS ACCIDENT HAPPENED 45 YEARS AGO. IT'S NOT SOMETHING EASILY FORGOTTEN AND IT TAUGHT ME A LOT. DESPITE THE ACCIDENT IT DID NOT STOP ME FLYING AND WENT ON TO ACCUMULATE OVER 4000 HR ON 42 TYPES.

PLATTMAN.

Registration G-AIRE cancelled by the CAA on 2/9/1966 as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use")



Sources:

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AIRE-3.pdf
https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=19555
http://www.auster.ukf.net/p02.htm
http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=120
http://web.archive.org/web/20160313021817/http://www.lincolnaeroclub.co.uk/history.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
28-Dec-2010 15:51 Anon. Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Country, Phase, Nature]
03-Nov-2011 01:14 PLATTMAN Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
07-Dec-2012 13:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Dec-2012 04:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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