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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29788
Last updated: 13 February 2020
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Date:17-MAY-1969
Time:
Type:Slingsby T.31B Cadet TX.3
Owner/operator:631 GS ATC RAF
Registration: XN194
C/n / msn: 1169
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Sealand, Deeside -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Sealand, Deeside
Destination airport:RAF Sealand, Deeside
Narrative:
I was the pilot of this aircraft at the time of the accident. I was on my 3rd solo flight for my Gliding Prophicency 'Wings' when I encountered an unusual amount of lift just after dropping the cable. I was flying a left-hand circuit and on turning downwind was still very much higher than the previous 2 launches. I proceeded to do a 360 degree turn which was standard practice to loose height. Loosing very little I performed another 360 turn and suddenly encountered sink which placed me badly for continuing the full circuit. On turning base leg the aircraft sideslipped into a spin which was not recoverable. The spin started at about 400' and the aircraft broke up on impact during which time I was thrown clear. Difficult to believe but I sustained NO injuries whatever! The aircraft was a total write-off.

Formally struck off charge 2/6/69 as Cat.5(scrap)

Sources:

1. At the time - Cadet G.Danner, 162 Sqn. Air Training Corps. According to my log book the date of the accident was 17 May 1969
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1969.htm
3. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/284073-air-cadet-gliding-pix-80s-pre-glass-8.html
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/t31.htm


Images:


Photo taken at RAF Sealand on day of accident

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Jan-2010 22:58 Anon. Updated [Date, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-May-2012 15:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2013 01:47 Anon. Updated [Operator, Narrative]
14-Jul-2013 04:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Jan-2016 08:48 Koumes Updated [Operator, Location]

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