TonyB From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2000, 111 posts, RR: 0 Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 820 times:
Bearing in mind the Accident Investigation is still on-going the cause of the crash is still therefore open to speculation.However it is 'believed' to have occured due to a fire in one of the engines (the starboard one I think).The aircraft was on a flight from Farnborough to Nice and was carrying 5 people (Coulthard,his girlfriend,personal trainer and the two pilots).The pilots are reported to have informed ATC that they had an engine problem and would like to divert to Lyon-Satolas,however on landing it is thought that the port wing hit the runway and the aircraft nosed dived off the runway where upon the cockpit area seperated from the rest of the cabin tragically killing the pilots.The three passengers were able to escape from the main part of the fuselage almost unscathed.
The aircraft was owned by David Murray,chairman of Glasgow Rangers Football Club and operated by Northern Executive Aviation.I think it was registered G-MURI.
Hkdragon2 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 796 times:
Just to add to this, reports I've read suggested that the engine wasn't actually on fire, and that the fire only started as the aircraft struck the ground... An additional "passenger" was Coulthard's girlfriend's dog, which also had no more than minor injuries.
Coulthard has bruised ribs, the others have cuts and bruises. The pilots names have been announced, but I don't have the info to hand - check any Formula One website for specifics.
The passengers were informed of the problems 10 minutes before landing and hence were able to brace themselves... Coulthard described the pilots as being professional at all times.
The only other info I have is that initial reports suggested that the plane was landing in crosswinds which may have caused the wing to strike the ground...
Condolences to the families of the pilots, who did a great job getting their passengers down alive, and sacrificed their own lives in the process.