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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 168589
Last updated: 8 September 2019
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Time:15:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CZAW SportCruiser
Registration: G-EWZZ
C/n / msn: LAA338-14815
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kingarth Airstrip, Isle of Bute, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Kingarth Airstrip, Isle of Bute, Scotland
Destination airport:Strathaven Airfield, South Lanarkshire
Destroyed 9 August 2014 due to a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) on take off from Kingarth Airstrip, Isle of Bute, Scotland, with one of the two persons on board being killed. According to the summary of the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Shortly after takeoff from Runway 27 at Bute Airstrip, the pilot reported that the engine appeared to lose power and the aircraft was no longer able to climb. With the area around the airfield unsuitable for a landing he attempted to return to the runway, but in doing so flew into the ground. The aircraft came to rest upside down in a ditch and caught fire. The pilot and passenger sustained serious burns from which the passenger later died.

The aircraft was fitted with a ballistic parachute recovery system which had not been activated during the flight. However, the investigation highlighted a number of issues, concerning such systems, which present a risk to the aircraft occupants and first responders following an accident.

Seven Safety Recommendations were made to address the risk to individuals following an accident involving an aircraft equipped with a ballistic parachute recovery system".



Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 2015-006 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2015-007 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2015-008 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to EASA
Safety recommendation 2015-009 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to CAA
Safety recommendation 2015-010 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to CAA
Safety recommendation 2015-011 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to CAA
Safety recommendation 2015-012 issued 14 May 2015 by AAIB to CAA


Photo of G-EWZZ courtesy

26 May 2013; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

09-Aug-2014 18:35 Jan Olieslagers Added
10-Aug-2014 12:52 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Damage, Narrative]
10-Aug-2014 12:52 sharla82 Updated [Total fatalities, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Aug-2014 04:16 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Source]
11-Aug-2014 06:32 Geno Updated [Source]
11-Aug-2014 12:10 Anon. Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
12-Aug-2014 06:05 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport]
08-Sep-2014 02:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
06-Feb-2015 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-May-2015 01:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Feb-2016 00:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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