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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221296
Last updated: 4 December 2020
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Time:10:18 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman American AA-5 Traveler
Owner/operator:Trustee of the ZH Group
Registration: G-BEZH
C/n / msn: AA5-0566
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Nottingham Airport, Tollerton, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Nottingham Airport (NQT/EGBN)
Destination airport:Nottingham Airport (NQT/EGBN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Prior to a training flight, as the conditions overnight had led to a ground frost, the instructor and student checked the surface conditions on the apron and an adjoining taxiway. The weather was good with a visibility of more than 10 km, no clouds and a light wind from 250 at 5 kt although the temperature of 0C and dewpoint of -1C indicated a high relative humidity. The pilots decided to proceed with their planned flight, whilst exercising caution, bearing in mind the ground conditions and the possibility of carburettor icing.

The aircraft was taxied for departure and the student carried out his power checks at the end of runway 21. As part of this check, he selected carburettor heat and a drop in engine rpm was observed indicating the proper functioning of the carburettor heat system. A further check was then made on the airfield conditions with ATC and, during this period, carburettor heat was selected. The student then re-selected carburettor heat at 2,000 rpm, whilst he checked the engine temperatures and pressures, before setting full power for takeoff. The takeoff progressed normally until passing 150 ft aal when the engine made two popping sounds and the engine rpm rapidly reduced to zero.

The instructor immediately took control, turned the aircraft away from an area of housing, and performed a forced landing into a field next to the airport. During the ground roll over soft ground the nose and left main landing gear detached from the aircraft; both wings also sustained damage. After the aircraft had stopped, both occupants were able to exit the aircraft in the normal manner and without injury.

Despite the extensive use of carburettor heat, the instructor considered that carburettor icing may have caused the engine to stop but he could not rule out other possible causes.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report above "Damage to both wings, left main gear and nose gear detached"


1. AAIB Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report



Photo of G-BEZH courtesy

Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
31 August 2013; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

30-Jan-2019 12:47 gerard57 Added
30-Jan-2019 14:01 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source]
30-Jan-2019 17:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
30-Jan-2019 17:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
30-Jan-2019 18:49 Aviatoruk Updated [Source]
30-Jan-2019 22:05 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Narrative]
09-May-2019 17:28 harro Updated [Time, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-May-2019 00:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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