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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65282
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Time:16:21 BST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150L (Reims)
Owner/operator:Seawing Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-BABB
C/n / msn: F150-0830
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Eastwood Park, Eastwood, near Southend on Sea, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Southend Airport, Essex (SEN/EGMC)
Destination airport:Southend Airport, Essex (SEN/EGMC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The student, who was training at Southend Airport towards the issue of a Private Pilotís Licence, was on his second solo flight. Having established the aircraft on final approach, the student was instructed to go around so that a faster aircraft approaching to land behind his aircraft would not catch up with it. Both the controllerís instruction and the student pilotís acknowledgement involved non-standard RTF phrases.

In order to avoid any possibility of conflict between the two aircraft the student was then instructed to turn away from the final approach track. During this manoeuvre, the student flew level at low altitude and it is likely that the aircraft remained in the approach configuration with insufficient power applied to maintain flying speed. In level flight, the aircraft stalled at a height from which recovery was impossible and it struck the ground in a public park approximately 1 nautical mile from the airport.

The death of a 16-year-old pilot killed in a plane crash was an accident, an inquest jury has decided. The verdict, read out by Coroner Peter Dean, said: "Sam Cross sustained fatal injuries at approximately 16:21 BST on 19 July 2006 when the aircraft he was flying on his second solo flight crashed into Eastwood Park.

Registration G-BABB cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 28/11/2006


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

29-May-2009 23:15 VHKDK Added
27-Sep-2011 10:19 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
07-Sep-2012 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Nov-2012 12:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Dec-2014 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2016 23:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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