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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220936
Last updated: 19 October 2019
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Date:19-JAN-2019
Time:14:35 LT
Type:Cyclone AX3 Microlight
Owner/operator:Microflight (Ireland) Ltd
Registration: G-MZEL
C/n / msn: 7133
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Causeway Airfield, near Coleraine, Co Londonderry -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Causeway Airfield, Coleraine. Co Londonderry
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The microlight plane crashed after reportedly stalling soon after taking off from Causeway Airfield. Both occupants were injured. The Ambulance Service confirmed they received a call at 14.35pm and two accident and emergency vehicles attended the scene. According to newspaper reports:

"The emergency services have been praised for their swift response after a light aircraft crashed on a runway at Causeway Airfield south of Coleraine this afternoon. The two pilots onboard the AX3 Microlight aircraft have now been taken to hospital for treatment to injuries that are not believed to life threatening. Fire & Rescue Service Group Commander Keith Black said that they were called to the scene at around 2.45pm on Saturday afternoon. He said four pumps - two from Ballymoney, one from Coleraine and one from Kilrea - were tasked to the airfield at Aghadowey.

“When we got there Ambulance was already in attendance,” Mr Black said. “We assisted them with one casualty already out of the aircraft and we had to use cutting equipment to help remove the pilot from the aircraft.” However he said that the soft nature of the grass meant that, although the ambulances could get to the pilots on the runway, the heavy fire vehicles couldn’t. Instead they were taken there and back via alternative transport. Mark Holmes, Chief Instructor at Causeway Airfield, said that an air ambulance also arrived but was diverted to another call out.

The two men who were injured in a light aircraft crash in Co Londonderry on Saturday afternoon are said to be recovering and “in good spirits”. The two qualified pilots – one aged in his 60s and the other in his 30s – sustained non-life-threatening injuries when their microlight crashed on the runway at Causeway Airfield, near Coleraine. NI Fire and Rescue Service crews, Ambulance Service personnel and the air ambulance were tasked to the incident at around 2:45 pm and both men were taken to nearby Causeway Hospital for treatment.

A spokesman for the Ulster Seaplane Association Ltd, which runs the airfield at Aghadowey, said the two men are recovering and “will be back flying again.” He also said conditions at the time were gusty at the time of the incident. Both guys are club members and both are qualified pilots,” he said. “They have some fractures, but it is fortunate that their injuries aren’t life-threatening. Both of them are in good spirits.”

Praising the emergency services for their swift response, the spokesman said the air ambulance had attended the scene, but was quickly redeployed to a more serious incident – a road crash near Coleraine. He said both the men in the aircraft were qualified pilots, with one sustaining a broken ankle and thumb, and the other a broken arm

“The fact that the air ambulance was in this area already meant it was able to attend the more serious incident more quickly, so undoubtedly lives were saved,” he added.

The club spokesman said it is too early to say what caused the microlight to crash, but stressed that a full investigation will be carried out in conjunction with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).We are aware of the incident and are investigating,” an AAIB spokesperson said.

Sources:

1. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/two-men-taken-to-hospital-after-light-aircraft-crashes-at-causeway-airfield-37728073.html
2. https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/causeway-airfield-microlight-aircraft-crash-15702825
3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-46932298
4. https://news.causewaycoastcommunity.co.uk/local-news/ongoing-incident-aircraft-in-difficulties-at-causeway-airfield/
5. https://theworldnews.net/gb-news/emergency-services-praised-after-light-aircraft-crashes-on-runway
6. https://www.itv.com/news/utv/2019-01-19/two-in-hospital-after-light-aircraft-crashes-in-co-londonderry/
7. https://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/microlight-crash-pilots-hurt-but-in-good-spirits-1-8776818
8. https://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/news/emergency-services-praised-after-light-aircraft-crashes-on-runway-1-8776466
9. http://ulav8r.com/cyclone_ax3.htm
10. http://www.causewayairfield.co.uk


Revision history:

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19-Jan-2019 17:23 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2019 17:25 Aerossurance Updated [Source]
19-Jan-2019 17:27 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Jan-2019 19:08 ryan Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Jan-2019 21:32 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Plane category]
20-Jan-2019 08:27 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport]
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