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Date:07-APR-2015
Time:11:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic C42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Comco Ikarus C42
Owner/operator:Newtownards Microlight Group
Registration: G-CEDR
C/n / msn: 0606-6833
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newtownards Airfield, Newtownards, County Down, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Newtownards Airfield (EGAD)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The victim of the aircraft crash at Newtownards Airfield has been named as Co Down man Stephen McKnight. The experienced pilot died after the privately-owned microlight plane he was flying alone nose-dived shortly after take-off yesterday morning.

An eyewitness claimed that the aircraft had just climbed into the air when it suddenly banked to the left and plummeted to the ground. Fire appliances and two ambulances rushed to the Co Down airstrip to remove Mr McKnight from the C42 microlight after it crashed in near perfect flying conditions around 11.25 am.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Fire Service said he was not trapped in the wreckage. He was rushed to the Ulster Hospital by paramedics but died there shortly afterwards.

The plane was severely damaged in the crash and is now being examined by a team of experts from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). The horrific crash is the first fatality at the Newtownards airport in living memory.

Mr McKnight was a married man in his 60s and was flying the aircraft which he co-owned as part of a syndicate group called Newtownards Microlight Group.

UPDATE: Per the official AAIB report into the accident (see link #8): "The pilot was practising circuits. About fifty minutes into the flight, just after an increase in power during a touch-and-go landing, the aircraft was seen to enter a climbing left turn at low height. As it continued to climb, the angle of bank was observed to increase steadily until the nose dropped and the aircraft descended, striking the grass surface to the left of the runway in a steep nose-down attitude. The pilot was fatally injured. There was evidence to indicate that the accident could have been due to incapacitation".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-CEDR was cancelled by the CAA on 14-10-2015 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/newtownards-plane-crash-flying-enthusiasts-watch-in-horror-as-local-pilot-plunges-to-his-death-in-microlight-31126103.html
2. http://www.u.tv/News/2015/04/07/Light-aircraft-crashes-at-Ards-Airport-34952
3. https://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/belfast-news/plane-crashes-newtownards-airfield---8994802
4. http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7629584&nseq=7
5. http://www.comco-ikarus.de/Pages/produkte-comco/c42-uk.php?lang=en
6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-32206410
7. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
8. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/56f16cafe5274a14d7000016/Ikarus_C42_FB80_G-CEDR_04-16.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Apr-2015 11:46 gerard57 Added
07-Apr-2015 13:31 Crabfat Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
07-Apr-2015 13:47 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
07-Apr-2015 15:57 Geno Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Plane category]
07-Apr-2015 17:46 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2015 19:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
19-Apr-2015 19:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
20-Apr-2015 13:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
20-Apr-2015 13:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
06-Jul-2015 00:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
11-Oct-2015 16:54 alancm Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
12-Feb-2016 00:11 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
14-Apr-2016 17:13 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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