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Fatal Accidents in the UK 2005

AEROPLANES

18 December
Cessna 152 & Eurostar
The Cessna and Eurostar collided while en-route near Moreton in the Marsh. The Cessna crashed killing the pilot, the sole occupant. The Eurostar landed safely.

17 November
Grumman AA1B nr Cranfield, Beds
During a training flight from Cranfield the aircraft crashed killing one of the two occupants, the other dying shortly afterwards in hospital. The aircraft was one of 7 on the UK Register.

22 October
P iper PA38 Tomahawk, Biggin Hill, Aerodrome
Shortly after take-off the pilot reported he had a problem. The aircraft crashed whilst returning killing the instructor and student.

2 October
Dyn Air MCR01 Banbi nr Lymington, Hants
Both occupants were killed when the aircraft crashed during a flight believed to be from Shoreham, Sussex.

4 September
Piper PA28 Cherokee in sea nr Strumble Head, Wales
The aircraft crashed in the sea about one hour after leaving Dublin for Cardiff. One body has been recovered, the other occupant is still missing.

18 August
Tiger Moth
The aircraft was on a flight from White Waltham, Berks, when it crashed nr. Henley-on-Thames killing both occupants.

7 August
Cessna FR172E (Reims Rocket) Bracklesham Bay, W. Sussex
The pilot was killed when the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from the microlight strip.

8 July
CAP222 White Waltham, Berks
The pilot was killed when the aerobatic aircraft crashed on the airfield during a practice flight.
For further information on this accident see AAIB Bulletin:4/2006

25 May
Slingsby T67C Firefly - nr Potterspury, Towcester, Northants
The aircraft crashed killing both occupants.
For further information on this accident see AAIB Bulletin:3/2006

30 April
ARV Super 2 Nr Clapton-in-Gordano nr Portishead, N. Somerset
The Accident ARV at a Rally Shortly after taking off from a strip, the Hewland engined aircraft crashed killing the sole occupant. (Ed. this is the first ARV fatal accident in 25 years)
For further information on this accident see AAIB Bulletin: 12/2005

25 March
Europa near Kemble, Glos
The American registered Europa crashed shortly after take off from Kemble, killing the pilot and his daughter.
For further information on this accident see AAIB Bulletin: 2/2006

15 March
BN2 Islander near Campbeltown
During a medical evacuation flight from Glasgow to collect a patient from Campbeltown, the aircraft crashed into the sea
just after midnight killing the pilot and paramedic.

8 February
Piper PA28-161
The aircraft crashed near Horsmonden, Kent (7 nm E of Tunbridge Wells) killing the sole occupant. The aircraft was returning to Shoreham, Sussex from Ghent, Belgium. Newspaper reports reveal that several holdalls of cannabis and tobacco were found in the wreckage and the accident was now also a police investigation

HELICOPTERS

22 December
Bell 206B Jet Ranger nr Meigle, Scotland: 2 killed.
The 37 year old Jet Ranger had taken off from Cumbernauld Airport and was engaged on a gas pipe line inspection. Press reports state the weather was fair with a slight breeze. At about 10.15 after less than an hour witnesses described seeing the helicopter disintegrate with the wreckage scattered over a wide area. The crew's bodies were some distance from the fuselage. A Metallurigical examination of the fin supports revealed evidence of fatigue in the fractures that had occurred through and around all four bolt holes. The fatigue was the most extensive in the upper rear support, and corrosion was evident on many of the fracture faces, indicating that the fatigue cracks had been growing over a period of time, although the duration could not be quantified.
For further information on this accident please see AAIB Special Bulletin S1/2006

27 January
Bell 206b Jet Ranger nr Wellington, Somerset.
The helicopter took off from Gloucestershire Airport bound for Torbay, Devon. It crashed in the Blackdown Hills near Wellington, Somerset killing the four occupants.

GYROPLANES

See also MICROLIGHTS

MICROLIGHTS

15 June
Aerotechnik Eurostar, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucs
There were two fatalities. This is believed to be the first fatality to a UK registered Eurostar.

GLIDERS

18 September
Glaser Dirks DG600
There was one fatality when the glider crashed close to Ridgewell airfield nr Sudbury, Suffolk.

PARAGLIDERS & PARACHUTING

12 July
The pilot died when his paraglider crashed at Bo Peep, East Sussex

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