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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59102
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Date:05-APR-2009
Time:12:05 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic SV4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Stampe SV.4C
Owner/operator:Michael Julian Parr
Registration: G-BEPC
MSN: 64
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Goodwood Airfield, Chichester, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Goodwood Aerodrome, Chichester, West Sussex (EGHR)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 05-04-2009 when crashed into trees shortly after take off from Goodwood Airfield, Chichester, West Sussex. The most unusual thing about this accident was that there was no one on board the aircraft at the time! According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"After hand-swinging of the propeller by the pilot, the engine started and accelerated. The aircraft overcame the handbrake and rotated to the right a few times before briefly becoming airborne. The aircraft then contacted trees on the western boundary of the airfield and came to rest, causing significant damage in the process. The pilot stated that he had probably inadvertently closed the ‘dummy’ mixture lever believing it to be the throttle, thereby leaving the throttle open. There was no person in the aircraft during the engine start to react to the situation and close the throttle."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Forward fuselage and wings damaged, landing gear
detached". As a result of this the airframe was presumably deemed "damaged beyond economic repair", and the registration G-BEPC was cancelled by the CAA on 26-11-2009

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f4caed915d1374000509/Stampe_SV4C__Modified___G-BEPC_06-09.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BEPC
3. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/plane-takes-off-with-no-pilot-386794
4. http://forums.bmaa.org/default.aspx?f=15&m=49106
5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/5114435/Plane-takes-off-without-pilot-at-vintage-airshow.html

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


Images:

Photo of G-BEPC courtesy AirHistory.net


Turweston (EGBT)
15 March 2009; (c) Tom Cole

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Apr-2009 10:13 Digitalis Added
08-Apr-2009 08:44 RobertMB Updated
05-Jun-2009 00:22 harro Updated
23-Sep-2012 09:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Dec-2014 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code]
12-Dec-2014 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
03-Nov-2016 21:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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