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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29788
Last updated: 13 February 2020
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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
Departure airport:RAF Sealand, Deeside
Destination airport:RAF Sealand, Deeside
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)


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


Photo taken at RAF Sealand on day of accident

Revision history:

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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