No, although one (non-aviation) witness reported that the plane "sounded like it was having problems getting the landing gear down". I am not reading too much into this as I believe the other pilot is more likely to be accurate.
Quoting Leezyjet (Reply 1): Doesn't look hopeful for the occupants from that pic.
Unfortunately I agree. Was shocked to read this story as I was at Biggin Hill at about 1.30 today.
Smeg From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 15669 times:
According to the pilot of an aircraft landing at Biggin, the jet took off in front of him and experienced difficulties in the climb out. It tried to circle around and land again, but didnt make it. It would have been full of fuel, hence the fire.
Unfortuately it does not look good for anyone on the a/c. as far as survivors are concerned.
CURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 939 posts, RR: 2 Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 15558 times:
Quoting Smeg (Reply 8): Unfortuately it does not look good for anyone on the a/c. as far as survivors are concerned.
Agreed, looks very bad... let's hope at least for no ground casualties, since homes are reported to have been set ablaze by the crash.
We had a similar accident here in LIN of a learjet having difficulties in the climb-out that tried to circle and crashed, that time it was due to several birdstrikes during the takeoff run.
If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
Swiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2 Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 15269 times:
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10): Neighbours say they cant confirm but the residents may be on holidays !!! Hopefully they are away. Apparantly the house is No.5 and the lady is due to come back today .
If that's the case then that would be amazing news. Life is full of coincidences and it would be unbelievable if they were due to arrive home earlier but because of delay (T5 bags?) they didn't make it and arrived in the evening.
LGWspeedbird From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 459 posts, RR: 3 Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 15030 times:
This happened 220 meters from my house!!!! loads of emergency services went round the corner, ive had Kent air ambulance near enough land in my back garden and also the coastguard and sea king yellow sea and rescue helicopters over my house!!!
This is very sad my thoughts are with the ppl affected by this accident. many local residents have been evacuated for 24hrs.
I myself have been feeling shocked as it happened so close!!
Engine failiure is sounding like the cause of this accident.
F9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4867 posts, RR: 29 Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 14804 times:
Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 5): Wherever that is, it looks an awful mess - all you can hope for is as many survivors as possible, but it doesn't look good from the pictures Sad
Fingers crossed though.
I have to agree, the pics look awful. I doubt there are any survivors in that. But, I am too with you all on keeping the fingers crossed. What an awful tragedy. Do they have bird problems there? Maybe a bird ingestion?
Smeg From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2008, 159 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 13916 times:
What a surprise, there are already people on UK television using this incident/tradegy to scream for the closure of Biggin Hill This one of the most historic airflelds in the UK having been one of the pricipal fighter bases during the Battle of Britain in WW2. (although most people will have seen it when the private jet lands there in the Da Vinci code film!).
They seem to forget that the airfield has been there since 1917, while many of the houses in the immediate vicinity are less than 20 years old. However, rather than this just being a tragic accident that commands sympathy and condolences for all involved, it is being used as another lever in the destruction of UK general aviation. This is a typical knee jerk reaction that is all too indicative of a proportion of the UK's anti aviation population.
If there are no survivors, may the deceased rest in peace, and I hope that their memories are not tarnished for a political agenda.