Aeroplanes

3rd September:   
Vans RV-6A:    G-RVSH?:   Truro Airport, Cornwall
The aircraft overturned on landing resulting in the death of the pilot who was the sole occupant.  (Source: ASN)

22nd August:
Spitfire Mk26B: Nr Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire
The single seat replica Spitfire crashed in a farm field south west of the airfield fatally injuring the pilot.  (Source: ASN).

21st August:
Piper PA28-180 Cherokee F:  G-AYUH:   Nr Halstead, Essex
The 1970 manufactured aircraft was en-route from its base Old Buckenham, Norfolk reportedly to Earls Colne, Essex when it suffered an engine power loss and crashed in a field killing the sole occupant pilot.  (Source: ASN).  

26 July:
Aeropro Eurofox 912(S):  G-CIEF:    Nr Darlton Glider Site, Notts.
The aircraft crashed in a cornfield during the approach when returning to the airfield causing the death of the pilot the sole occupant. (Source ASN).

17th July:

Cessna 210M:  G-TOTN:    Bradda Head, nr Port Erin, Isle of Man
AAIB Report:  At 11.31 hrs on 17 July 2023, the pilot took off in G-TOTN from Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man. The aircraft was later observed to enter a turn to the left before the wings levelled and the aircraft descended to strike the cliff at Bradda Head. The pilot did not survive. The investigation found no evidence of any technical faults that would have prevented the pilot from manoeuvring to avoid the cliff, and it is likely that the accident was a deliberate act. The pilot had been suffering from difficulties with sleep for a number of months and with anxiety in the weeks preceding the flight.  During the flight the pilot had made several phone calls to a family member which indicated that he did not intend to return from the flight .
Medical:  The pilot had been suffering from difficulties first with sleeping and then with anxiety in the lead up to the flight. He had been seen by his GP who had prescribed drugs to try and alleviate the symptoms.  He had not declared either his difficulties or his prescribed drugs to his Aeromedical Examiner (AME) who had last renewed his Class 2 flying medical in January 2023.  As the AME was not the pilot’s GP there was no entitlement to see the full medical records. Instead, pilots are required to disclose any injury, illness or prescription that might affect their fitness to fly to their AME, who can then decide on the continued validity of the medical certificate. Had the AME been informed of the diagnosis and prescriptions given to the pilot, the medical certificate would have been suspended.: The 64 year old pilot had flown about 2,000hrs with approx. 1,600 on type.  (AAIB Bulletin 1/2004).

6th July:
Piper PA-23 Aztec E: G-BKJW: Nr Bagby, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
The aircraft en-route from Dowth Hall strip crashed on the approach to Bagby aerodrome killing the sole occupant pilot. (Source: ASN & media).

Microlights
4th June:
EV-97 Eurostar: G-IFLE:  Otherton Airfield, Penkridge, Staffs
Both occupants died at the scene when the microlight crashed and was destroyed by fire.  (Source: ASN).

Hot Air Balloons

25th June: 
DB-6R Hot Air Balloon: G-CMFS:  Ombersley, Nr. Drotwich Spa, Worcs.
The amateur built balloon took off from Worcester Race Course and was seen to burst into flames and fall to earth killing the sole pilot occupant. (Source: ASN & media).  Note: there have only been three previous fatal accident involving UK registered balloons in the last 43 years.

Gliders

9th September:
Schempp-Hirth Discus-2b: G-TOOB:  Huesca-Santa Cilia Airfield, Aragon, Spain
Following a local flight the glider landed heavily, overshot the runway and collided with a tree.  The 75 year old British pilot who had been gliding at the site in the foothills of the Pyrenees for over 20 years since 1999 was injured and alive for over 40 minutes before suffering a cardiac arrest and was pronounced dead at the scene. (ASN & media).

17th August:
Schempp–Hirth Ventus 2cT: G-KADS: Nr. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
The glider took off from Husbands Bosworth airfield to take part in a Regional Gliding competition.  Nr Melton Mowbray it collided with a competing  Lange EL Antares G-CLXG, which reportedly sliced the tail off the Ventus which crashed killing the pilot.  The Antares landed safely in a field with a winglet missing.  (Source: ASN and media).

16th August:
Schleicher ASW24:   G-DXXX:   Dunstable Downs Airfield, Beds
During an aerotow take-off the single seat glider was seen to disconnect from the tow at low altitude, climb and turn left before crashing killing the pilot.  (Source ASN).  

 



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