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Fatal Accidents in the UK 2016


17 October
Cessna F150M: Bourne, Cambs
The aircraft crashed in a field near Bourne Aerodrome resulting in one death and one serious injury. (Source: ASN)

2 October
North American P51D Mustang: Hardwick, Norfolk
The warbird crashed and caught fire in a field on the approach to land at its Hardwick base.  The passenger died as a result of his injuries and the pilot was seriously injured.  (ASN & Media).

6 August
Piper PA28-161 Cherokee Warrior ll:  G-CDER - Nr Winchelsea Beach, East Sussex
The aircraft was flown without problem for just less than 2 hours earlier in the day.  It was refuelled and took off from Lydd
Airport for a local area flight over the sea when the pilot told Lydd ATC he had a problem with a rough running engine and high oil temperature; he flew a track towards Lydd.  Shortly after this, he reported that he was unable to maintain altitude but,
despite it being within glide range of land, the aircraft continued on a direct track, over the sea, towards the airfield visual reporting point (VRP). The aircraft ditched 1.2 nm from Winchelsea Beach with a strong tailwind, and subsequently became inverted and sank. The pilot and aircraft were recovered from the seabed several days later. No mechanical defect was
identified within the engine, which had been fully overhauled 235 flying hours previously.  The aircraft was operating at 2,200 ft in a flight regime where severe carburettor icing could occur at any power setting. The investigation did identify a chafed wire in the engine oil temperature indication system which could explain the pilot reports of high oil temperature. The 44 year old pilot had flown a total of 98 hours with 48 on type.  (AAIB Bulletin 1/2017) 

8 July
YAK-52:  Dinton, Nr Boscombe Down, Wilts
One occupant was killed and one seriously injured when the aircraft crashed in a field. (Source: ASN)

30 April
Slingsby T67M MK11 Firefly: Whitwell-on-the-Hill, North Yorkshire
The pilot and his passenger were students on the Tucano phase of their RAF training having flown the Grob Tutor during their initial flying training.  There was a light westerly wind , good visibility in excess of 10 km and broken cloud at about 3,000ft.  From witness evidence the aircraft appears to have inadvertently entered a spin shortly after the apex of some form of looping manoeuvre. The recorded radar data showed an altitude of probably between 3,500 ft and 4,000ft which should have provided sufficient height if recovery action had been taken correctly and promptly.  The spin recovery action in the Grob
Tutor and in the Tucano is different from the T67 in that the T67 the control column must be moved progressively forward to effect recovery.  The pilot had made four flights in the T67.  Two were as Pilot in Command and two were with instructors who flew with him to clear him to fly the club T67 and had not carried out spin recovery training so had not been taught the type-specific spin recovery.  The 25 year old pilot had flown a total of 215 hours of which Five were on type.  (AAIB Bulletin

4 January
Cirrus SR20:  G-ZOGT - 4.5 nm from Dutch Coast
The recently purchased aircraft took off for a VFR flight from Gloucestershire Airport, the German pilot planning to fly it to Osnabrück-Atterheide airport in Germany. Much of the route was over the North Sea, and the aircraft was due to reach land at Den Helder. The weather forecast known before the start of the flight and for the flight in Dutch airspace was such that a
VFR flight was more or less impossible.  About 6 nm before reaching the Dutch coast, the pilot reported to Dutch Flight Information Services (FIS) that he was encountering visibility problems caused by sea fog.  FIS assigned him an easterly course to the Dutch coast. The aircraft initially followed this course, but after some time it made a turn to the right, after which it followed a southerly course. The final radar images showed a northerly track, after which the aircraft disappeared from the radar around 4.5 nm to the west of the Dutch coast. After contact was lost, the Dutch FIS alerted the emergency services who initiated a search.  Parts of the aircraft were found, both floating and on the bed of the North Sea; the body of the pilot was recovered two days later.  The probable cause was a stall after the pilot had become disoriented due to lack of visual references in the poor visibility.  The 76 year old pilot had flown a total of 543 hours of which 6 hrs 30 mins was in a Cirrus SR20.  He had made three flights with an instructor in a German SR20 which had mainly analogue instruments whereas the accident aircraft was mainly digital. He had flown 385 hrs in his Cessna 172 which was mostly digital but different from the
Cirrus.  The autopsy revealed death was due to impact but he was suffering from a congenital cardiac defect, it could not be established if it was relevant  but was considered to be unlikely.   (Dutch Safety Board Report dated Dec 2016). 



18 Sept
Evector EV97 Eurostar: Nr Builth Wells, Wales
While en route the three axis microlight crashed in a field killing both occupants.  (Source ASN).

9 June   

Icarus C42  Between N. Ireland and Stranraer 

The microlight with two on board took off from Derry Airport, heading for Stranraer but failed to arrive.  Wreckage, but no bodies, has been found in the sea.  (Source: ASN & Media).    


30 May            
Rans S6 Coyote: Nr Shifnal Airfield, Shropshire - two killed

20 March

Ikarus C42:  Medway Stoke Airfield, Isle of Grain, Kent

The microlight collided with an electricity pylon and crashed killing the pilot.  (ASN)


4 Dec              
PZL Bielsko SZD51: Nr Lubenham, Leics
The glider from Husbands Bosworth was involved in a mid-air collision with a light aircraft, which landed safely.  The glider crashed killing the pilot.  (Source: ASN) 

4 Dec             
ASW24: Nr Dartmoor, Devon
The glider from North Hill crashed near Dartmoor killing the pilot.  (Source ASN). 

27 August

LAK-17A Glider:  Nr Sauto, France
The pilot was killed when the glider collided with power lines.

Schleicher ASW27-18E: Nr Bradley, Hants

The glider with a small back-up engine crashed in a field killing the sole occupant.  (Source: ASN)


5 September
Robinson R22:  Nr Origny-le-Sec, Aube, France
The helicopter crashed at night during a flight from Moret-Episy to Reims, the pilot was killed (Source: ASN)

17 July         
SE3130 Alouette II: Breighton, Yorks

The Hungarian registered turbine powered helicopter crashed on landing injuring all 5 occupants, one of whom died in hospital some days later.  (Source: ASN).


28 July
Rotorsport MT-03: Turweston, Bucks
The pilot was killed when the gyroplane crashed on the airfield.  (Source: ASN)









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