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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 227450
Last updated: 1 May 2020
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Date:21-JUL-2019
Time:15:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic MIMU model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bushby Midget Mustang M-1
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AWIR
C/n / msn: PFA 1315
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:near Spanhoe Airfield, Laxton, near Corby, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Leicester Airport (EGBG)
Destination airport:Peterborough/Sibson Airport (EGSP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The pilot overflew the airfield to assess conditions before deciding whether to land. During the pull-up and bank that followed, the aircraft departed controlled flight and descended in to a nearby wood. The pilot was seriously injured, and the aircraft was destroyed.

AAIB: Conclusion
It seems most likely that the final manoeuvre increased the aircraft’s stall speed to, or beyond the aircraft’s airspeed which caused it to stall and the pilot to lose control of the aircraft with limited height available to recover before the aircraft struck the trees.

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5dcd4ba240f0b608c7064d3d/Midget_Mustang_G-AWIR_12-19.pdf
2. https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/crime/downed-plane-images-show-lucky-escape-of-pilot-near-corby-1-9006222
3. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-49064873
4. https://www.northamptonchron.co.uk/news/people/pilot-suffers-leg-injuries-but-survives-light-aircraft-crash-near-corby-1-9006175
5. identified from the photo in the Northampton Telegraph: https://www.northantstelegraph.co.uk/news/crime/downed-plane-images-show-lucky-escape-of-pilot-near-corby-1-9006222
6. https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-07-21/pilot-airlifted-to-hospital-following-northamptonshire-light-aircraft-crash/
7. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9093751 (photo)
8. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/pilots-miracle-escape-after-plane-16624698
9. https://www.northants.police.uk/news/northants/news/news/2019/july-19/man-injured-in-corby-light-aircraft-crash/
10. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-50780832

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Wreckage of G-AWIR on 21 July 2019 (bottom right picture)


Images:


At Old Warden in Oct 2018

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jul-2019 18:19 gerard57 Added
21-Jul-2019 18:53 RobertMB Updated [Location, Phase, Source]
22-Jul-2019 07:49 RobertMB Updated [Source]
22-Jul-2019 14:40 ANON Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
22-Jul-2019 14:41 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Jul-2019 15:03 RobertMB Updated [Source]
24-Jul-2019 22:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
24-Jul-2019 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Jul-2019 12:14 Anon. Updated [Photo]
13-Dec-2019 20:27 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
14-Dec-2019 00:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Embed code]
15-Dec-2019 19:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]

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