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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221501
Last updated: 21 October 2019
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Date:03-FEB-2019
Time:c 11:50 LT
Type:Luton LA-4 Minor
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AWMN
C/n / msn: PFA.827
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Waits Farm Airfield, Belchamp Walter, Essex. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Waits Farm Airfield, Belchamp Walter, Essex
Destination airport:Waits Farm Airfield, Belchamp Walter, Essex
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The pilot was conducting a test flight in G-AWMN to renew the aircraft’s Permit to Fly. Whilst climbing away from the runway, the aircraft was observed to bank to the right and then descend steeply to the ground.
It was not possible to definitively determine the cause of the accident. It is possible that the engine stopped producing power due to carburettor icing which led to a stall from which the aircraft was not able to recover. The investigation also identified that, despite wire locking being present, the barrel from an aileron flight control turnbuckle was missing, but it could not be determined if this had been missing prior to the accident.

Sources:

1. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-suffolk-plane-crash-emergency-13946670
2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-47121070
3. https://www.eadt.co.uk/news/belchamp-walter-essex-plane-crash-timeline-1-5878496
4. https://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/17405825.essex-police-and-suffolk-fire-service-at-serious-plane-crash-in-belchamp-walter/
5. https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/emergency-services-attending-to-light-aircraft-crash-in-essex-a4056236.html
6. https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-news/sudbury-belchamp-walter-plane-crash-2503100
7. https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1081901/essex-plane-crash-sudbury-suffolk-belchamp-water
8. https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2019-02-03/fire-crews-rush-to-serious-incident-on-essex-suffolk-border-reports-a-light-aircraft-is-involved/
9. https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=111168
10. http://www.essex-fire.gov.uk/incidents/i7647/
11. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Luton-LA-4A-Minor/2448906
12. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luton_Minor

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report


Images:


Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Feb-2019 16:48 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Feb-2019 17:03 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Feb-2019 17:04 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
03-Feb-2019 20:31 ANON Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2019 20:33 harro Updated [Registration, Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2019 20:34 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Narrative]
04-Feb-2019 09:53 loadmaster Updated [Registration, Source]
04-Feb-2019 22:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2019 04:01 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
05-Feb-2019 19:59 Geno Updated [Source]
08-Feb-2019 01:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2019 17:19 harro Updated [Phase, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]
20-Sep-2019 17:20 harro Updated [Embed code, Damage]

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