Wirestrike Accident Yakovlev Yak-52 G-YAKW,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89973
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Date:Sunday 5 January 2003
Time:11:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-52
Owner/operator:Cuddeston Flying Group
Registration: G-YAKW
MSN: 855601
Year of manufacture:1985
Engine model:Ivchenko Vedeneyev M-14P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:2 miles NE of Towcester, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Turweston Brackley, Northamptonshire (EGBT)
Destination airport:Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was a member of a syndicate who operated the aircraft from a private farm strip at Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. On the morning of the accident he arrived at the farm strip with his brother who was to fly in the rear seat as a passenger. His brother was also a qualified pilot although less experienced. The aircraft, which was started with the help of another syndicate member, then departed Cuddesdon and flew to Turweston Airfield to refuel. The pilot and passenger re-entered the cockpit when the refuelling was complete. Both were seen to be wearing flying suits, parachutes and helmets. They then departed Turweston, from Runway 27, at 1110 hrs and flew to the north-east. The pilot informed the air ground radio operator that they were intending to carry out aerobatics to the north-east of the airfield for approximately 30 minutes before returning to Turweston to refuel again. The weather in the area was fine with no cloud, a light north-westerly wind and a temperature of +1°C.

Five minutes later the aircraft was observed flying aerobatics 2 miles to the north-east of Towcester. After flying a sequence of manoeuvres lasting approximately 10 minutes the aircraft was seen to enter a vertical climb and execute a stall turn. The aircraft completed the manoeuvre and began a vertical descent, from which there was no apparent sign of recovery. It impacted the ground at Easton Neston, near Shutlanger, 2 miles NE of Towcester directly beneath power lines without disrupting the electrical supply. There was no fire.

The flying controls were found jammed by a tool.

AAIB made two recommendations.

The next of kin of the two persons on board went to court, and were awarded £270,000 in damages after suing the aircraft's owner for negligence during maintenance.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2003/01/01
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

09-Feb-2011 14:41 harro Added
09-Mar-2011 17:10 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Source]
10-Mar-2011 09:23 TB Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Source]
20-May-2013 20:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2013 20:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 17:19 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2016 15:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2016 15:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Apr-2017 12:54 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2017 13:18 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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