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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28986
Last updated: 30 July 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B26 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas A-26C Invader
Owner/operator:Cavalier Air Force
Registration: N3710G
MSN: 18759
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Biggin Hill, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Biggin Hill (EGKB)
Destination airport:Biggin Hill (EGKB)
The aircraft was attempting to carry out a climbing roll in front of the crowd when the nose dropped sharply, and the aircraft continued rolling until it dropped vertically into a valley. The pilot and six passengers were killed. The Civil Aviation Authority subsequently introduced rules preventing passengers from being carried during air displays.

Per the official AAIB accident summary: "The aircraft was due to take part in a Battle of Britain Air Display and was programmed to take-off and go straight into a display lasting eight minutes.
During the display briefing, which was held on the morning of the show, the pilot of the Invader asked if he could take-off early prior to the commencement of his display. No explanation was given for this request, nor did the pilot give any indication at the briefing as to what manoeuvres he intended to include in his display.

A suitable time in the programme for an earlier take-off could not be found and the pilot accepted the arrangements as originally scheduled"





Photo of N3710G courtesy

Biggin Hill (EGKB / BQH)
17 May 1980; (c) Alex Christie

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Jan-2011 13:58 harro Updated [Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
07-Jan-2012 06:07 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2013 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jun-2013 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jun-2013 23:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
26-Dec-2016 17:00 TB Updated [Location, Narrative]
22-Mar-2019 23:41 RobertMB Updated [Cn]
22-Jul-2021 18:49 Moley6699 Updated [Category]

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