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Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 2:46 pm

https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/20040 ... fordshire/

The crash happened around midday, the flats were empty and the pilot has been taken to hostpital.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 3:59 pm

I think they are very lucky to have that large window or doorway for the front of the aircraft so they were not crushed, looks like a big impact park where the right wing hit the wall.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 4:32 pm

The BBC report said the pilot jumped out of the plane with a parachute before it crashed, but still suffered life changing injuries
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-o ... e-60967351
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 5:39 pm

The pilot had a parachute?
That's kind of strange.
Even if it was a sky diving plane, would the pilot normally wear a parachute?
Will have to wait for more details I guess.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 5:47 pm

DaveMetroD wrote:
The pilot had a parachute?
That's kind of strange.
Even if it was a sky diving plane, would the pilot normally wear a parachute?
Will have to wait for more details I guess.

The only pilots that regularly wear parachutes are glider pilots. On many aircraft, you'd have significant trouble to even exit the aircraft in flight.

On the other hand, if it was an emergency parachute (as opposed to those used for sky diving), those chutes are designed to keep you alive but not necessarily uninjured. Broken legs or ankles are common as a result of the relatively high touchdown speed.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 7:50 pm

mxaxai wrote:
DaveMetroD wrote:
The pilot had a parachute?
That's kind of strange.
Even if it was a sky diving plane, would the pilot normally wear a parachute?
Will have to wait for more details I guess.

The only pilots that regularly wear parachutes are glider pilots. On many aircraft, you'd have significant trouble to even exit the aircraft in flight.

On the other hand, if it was an emergency parachute (as opposed to those used for sky diving), those chutes are designed to keep you alive but not necessarily uninjured. Broken legs or ankles are common as a result of the relatively high touchdown speed.


From what little is left, it seems to be an aerobatic plane (maybe an extra), and with those, it is entirely normal to wear an emergency parachute.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 9:34 pm

The Aviation Safety site has a report herehttps://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/277025: it was an Extra NG, registration G-MIIL.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:11 pm

mxaxai wrote:
DaveMetroD wrote:
The pilot had a parachute?
That's kind of strange.
Even if it was a sky diving plane, would the pilot normally wear a parachute?
Will have to wait for more details I guess.

The only pilots that regularly wear parachutes are glider pilots. On many aircraft, you'd have significant trouble to even exit the aircraft in flight.

On the other hand, if it was an emergency parachute (as opposed to those used for sky diving), those chutes are designed to keep you alive but not necessarily uninjured. Broken legs or ankles are common as a result of the relatively high touchdown speed.


Aerobatic pilots wear parachutes as well in case something goes south. Quick check on FR24 reveals it was G-MIIL an Extra NG, so its nothing unusual that he had his parachute on.

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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:25 pm

DrPaul wrote:
The Aviation Safety site has a report herehttps://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/277025: it was an Extra NG, registration G-MIIL.


Perhaps of note, this is second Extra NG to go down within a month. S/N NG001 experienced an as-yet unknown engine problem and overran the runway during an emergency landing at Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine on March 2. Unfortunately that pilot later succumbed to her injuries. G-MIIL is s/n NG028.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sat Apr 02, 2022 10:48 pm

Appreciate the additional info that has been provided here.
Makes a lot more sense now.
Hopefully the injuries to the pilot end up being minimal. Glad no one on the ground was hurt.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sun Apr 03, 2022 2:15 pm

Another light came down in the south of England on 2 April: a Piper PA23, G-BJNZ, details here https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/277051. This plane had come from Le Touquet in France and was going to Wellesbourne in the Midlands.

Meanwhile, a BBC news report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-60972772 states that a Piper PA28, going from Wellesbourne to Le Touquet, disappeared on 2 April over the Channel; looking at Planefinder, this may well be G-EGVA, whose course disappears over the Channel at around 0900 GMT.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sun Apr 03, 2022 2:39 pm

Trevor Jacob strikes again.
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sun Apr 03, 2022 8:49 pm

DrPaul wrote:

Meanwhile, a BBC news report https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-60972772 states that a Piper PA28, going from Wellesbourne to Le Touquet, disappeared on 2 April over the Channel; looking at Planefinder, this may well be G-EGVA, whose course disappears over the Channel at around 0900 GMT.


Yes, confirmed as G-EGVA and one of a group 'fly out' from Wellesbourne Flying Club, believed to be flown by a 51 year old flying club instructor.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/articl ... utive.html

Looking at its FR24 replay, there appears to be a certain erratic nature to its course shortly before the point it disappeared.

Check out playback of aircraft G-EGVA on Flightradar24. https://fr24.com/data/aircraft/g-egva#2b5b0b31
 
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Re: Light aircraft crashes into block of flats. Oxfordshire UK

Sun Apr 03, 2022 11:35 pm

At first, it seemed odd that he had a chute on, but then when I saw it was an Extra, it made sense.

26point2 wrote:
Trevor Jacob strikes again.


Not funny.

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