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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 19511
Last updated: 7 September 2019
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Type:Wallis WA-117 Autogyro
Owner/operator:Airmark Ltd
Registration: G-AXAR
C/n / msn: G/403/X
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Farnborough (FAB/EGLF)
Destination airport:Farnborough (FAB/EGLF)
Written off (destroyed) 11/9/1970 when crashed whilst performing a demonstration flight at the 1970 Farnborough Air Show. The pilot, John W.Charles "Pee Wee" Judge (aged 48, at the time the Chief Test Pilot of Beagle Aircraft) was killed. According to the following summary from the official report into the accident:

"The aircraft was being demonstrated at the Society of British Aerospace Companies (SBAC) air show at Farnborough. After a high speed downwind run parallel to the runway the aircraft first pitched rapidly nose-up, then nose-down, and went out of control, the rotor blades striking the propeller, fin and rudder as it fell to the ground . The pilot was killed instantly.

The report concludes that the accident resulted from a loss of control due to the effect of negative 'g' when the pilot attempted to control a nose-up pitch that occurred during a manoeuvre in which the aircraft's speed exceeded the authorised maximum ."

Registration G-AXAR cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 11/9/1970



Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
26-Aug-2012 16:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Aug-2015 19:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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