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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30854
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:16-APR-1983
Time:
Type:Slingsby T.31B Cadet TX.3
Owner/operator:614 VGS ATC Royal Air Force (614 VGS ATC RAF)
Registration: WT895
C/n / msn: 690
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wethersfield, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Wethersfield, Essex
Destination airport:Wethersfield, Essex
Narrative:
Written off when crashed near Wethersfield, Essex after suffering structural failure after launch. Both crew were killed.

The Air Cadet was from 999 (Dunmow) Squadron ATC, and his name was Ian Sutton, aged 17. Instructor on board was the chief QFI of 614 VGS at Weathersfield: Flt Lt John Knock RAFVR.

From what I heard at the time the aircraft was on a pre Solo check ride, the cadet stalled the aircraft, dropped a wing and started to enter a spin from 150 feet while on finals. I did hear a rumour that the people on the ground heard the Instructor call the cadet a stupid idiot before the impact.

Other stories I heard at the time about the incident that the nose of the Cadet Mk 3 was crushed right back to the leading edge of the wing with the cadet being killed instantly and the instructor dying in hospital some time later.

Sources:

http://t31club.com/t31_list.htm
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1983.htm
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?61313-Slingsby-Cadet-T31-WT895
https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/284073-air-cadet-gliding-pix-80s-pre-glass-8.html
http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/t31.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-May-2012 10:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-May-2012 10:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2014 15:35 Don Diego Updated [Operator, Narrative]
05-Nov-2019 17:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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