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Date:07-NOV-1998
Time:10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Morane-Saulnier MS.893A Rallye Commodore 180
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AXIT
C/n / msn: 11430
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Seighford Airfield, 3.6 miles NW of Stafford, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Seighford Airfield, Staffordshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 7 November 1998 when the aircraft "jumped chocks" whilst being started by "hand swinging" the propeller at Seighford Airfield, 3.6 miles north west of Stafford, Staffordshire. The aircraft was wrecked when it "ran away" with no-one on board, collided with a fence. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot was planning to use the aircraft as a glider tug. When he attempted to start the engine, he was unable to do so because the aircraft battery was flat, so he decided to start it by hand swinging the propeller. He checked that the parking brake was fully applied and chocked the main wheels using old tyres, the standard practice at the gliding club.

Having set the throttle approximately one inch open, he sought assistance in starting the engine, but nobody was available. He therefore rechecked the parking brake and 'chocks', before starting the engine. When the engine started, it was running faster than anticipated and the pilot ran round to the cockpit to close the throttle.

As he mounted the step, the aircraft moved forward and he slipped and fell to the ground. By this time, the aircraft was moving forward at a speed which prevented the pilot from boarding it to close the throttle. The aircraft was brought to rest on contact with a fence, causing damage to the wing leading edges and the propeller.

Subsequent examination of the aircraft revealed that the parking brake was still fully applied. The pilot considered that the cause of the accident was a defective parking brake together with inappropriate chocking procedures".

The AAIB report sustained "Substantial damage to wing leading edges and propeller". Presumably, G-AXIT was damaged beyond economic repair, as the registration was cancelled by the CAA on 13 September 2001...almost three years later.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f41de5274a13170004e9/dft_avsafety_pdf_501052.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=AXIT
3. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rallye.pdf

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Mar-2015 20:09 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Mar-2015 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants]
27-Mar-2015 20:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Jun-2016 14:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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