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Date:04-JUN-2001
Time:16:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic SPIT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Supermarine Spitfire PR.Mk XI
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-PRXI
C/n / msn: PL983
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Valle de Seine Airport, Rouen, Normandy -   France
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Valle de Seine airport (URO/LFOP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
ROUEN, France (Reuters) - The British pilot of a World War Two Spitfire has died after his plane crashed into a field at an airshow in the Normandy region of France, in the third fatal airshow crash in as many days.

"Earlier we had seen smoke coming from his engine and the airport siren was rung. The pilot wanted to land on the runway, but at the last moment when he saw he would crash into the crowd, he swerved to avoid them," said fireman Yannick Bobin on Monday.

"The plane exploded on impact and was on fire when the firemen approached," he added.
French police named the dead pilot as 56-year-old Martin Sargeant. No further details were immediately available.

Organisers said 11 Spitfires and a Hurricane were taking part in the airshow near the northern city of Rouen, the first to bring together such an important collection of World War Two planes in France since the war.

Wreckage sold on 13 February 2003 to Propshop Ltd, Duxford, Cambridgeshire for long term rebuild at Duxford (still in progress January 2014). The registration G-PRXI has never been cancelled, despite the above accident, and remains current as at February 2015

Sources:

1. https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/vickers-supermarine-spitfire-pr-xi-g-prxi-pl983-4-june-2001
2. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?1542-Spitfire-Crash-in-France
3. http://www.military-airshows.co.uk/spitaw.htm
4. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-462038/How-Spitfire-hero-sacrificed-save-airshow-crowds.html
5. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/A%C3%A9roport_Rouen_Vall%C3%A9e_de_Seine
6. http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/

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


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Feb-2011 14:29 harro Added
24-Sep-2011 18:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2015 01:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Mar-2020 20:23 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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