Bongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3327 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6910 times:
According to my Sunday newspaper the incident was slightly different to how reported by the BBC.
Mansells plane was not hit, it was heat damaged by the jet efflux of a plane being maintained by FlyBE, not hjit by a plane owned by FlyBE
EGTESkyGod From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 1710 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (3 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5464 times:
Knowing the layout of EXT as I do, in a way I'm not surprised. The ground running area built on the Northside just off the disused 31/13 a couple of years ago is aimed towards the semi-circular parking areas next to Taxiway Echo. It is substantially higher than taxiway Echo, but I have always wondered if the jetblast from the high-powered engine runs could affect the parked aircraft down there in those parking bays, and if the blast fence actually deflects the air going through it down at all.
However, the private jets don't always park here. Occasionally they park on the disused runway 31/13 on the northside and it's possible that's how the incident occured. It's a shame I'm not there at the moment otherwise I'd do some research.
Maybe I'm slightly oversensitive about jetblast after an incident in 2008 at EXT that nearly caused myself and 3 or 4 others a serious injury, when VP-CRC (Bombardier BD-700) blew G-OWAC (a C152 that we were holding on to and tried to stop moving) onto it's back on the southside disused 31/13 runway, as it powered up to taxi onto taxiway Charlie and depart from 26...
All airports (not just Exeter) need to be more aware of what it is they are doing and where they are parking these jet aircraft, especially when light aircraft or a high powered ground running area is nearby. I was privately highly critical of some in the G-OWAC incident however I was told to shut up as I worked for the flying school that owned G-OWAC. I know people from EXT use this forum and probably know who I am, so I'll reaffirm that this is a personal opinion and NOT a professional one.