Crash of a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage in Cranfield

Date & Time: Apr 29, 2021 at 1528 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-HYZA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cranfield - Cranfield
MSN:
46-36130
YOM:
1997
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local test flight at Cranfield Airport on this aircraft equipped with a hydrogen engine. On approach, the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in an open field near the airfield. Both occupants evacuated uninjured while the aircraft was severely damaged.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson C.19 at RAF Cranfield

Date & Time: Jul 12, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VM359
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While conducting a training sortie, the crew reported to ATC that he lost an engine and obtained the permission to divert to RAF Cranfield for an emergency landing. Few minutes later, the left engine lost power and the captain realized it was not possible to reach the airbase so he decided to attempt an emergency landing in a field located 1,5 mile short of runway. The airplane slid for several yards and came to rest. All four crew members were uninjured but the airplane was written off.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the fuel transfer switch was OFF and the fuel tanks were near empty at the time of the accident.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson T.21 in RAF Cranfield

Date & Time: Jan 1, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VV883
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Halfpenny Green - Cranfield
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet on a flight from Halfpenny Green to RAF Cranfield, the crew encountered technical problems with the left engine that was shot down. The crew decided to perform an emergency descent and while flying through clouds, he encountered icing conditions. After the airplane crossed the cloud base, while at an altitude of 200 feet about 3 miles from the airfield, the pilot-in-command was unable to maintain a safe control due to icing. With one engine inoperative, he attempted an emergency landing in a field. All three crew members were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine in flight and icing conditions.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.89 Dominie I in RAF Cranfield: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 11, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
X7368
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Hucknall - Cranfield
MSN:
6528
YOM:
1941
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
On final approach to RAF Cranfield, the twin engine aircraft collided with a RAF Bristol Beaufighter registered R2252 and carrying a crew of three. Following the collision, both planes dove into the ground and crashed in flames in a field located few hundred yards short of runway threshold. All eight occupants on both aircraft were killed.
Crew of DH.89 Dominie I:
F/Lt Archibald Menzies Fitzrandolph, pilot.
Passengers:
F/Lt Ian Harper Courtney,
Sgt Eric Povey,
2nd Lt M. Schenker,
2nd Lt J. K. Peters.
Crew of Beaufighter:
F/Lt Michael William Kinmonth, pilot,
F/Sgt Lionel Maxwell Amesbury, pilot,
Cpl Jose Cecilia Hayes.

Crash of an Airspeed AS.10 Oxford I in RAF Cranfield

Date & Time: Feb 1, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L4568
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on take off in unknown circumstances. Both pilots were injured.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in RAF Cranfield

Date & Time: Nov 15, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5196
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cranfield - Cranfield
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot was performing a solo night training exercise. Shortly after lift off, the twin engine aircraft stalled and crashed in an open field past the runway end. The pilot was slightly injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Crew (35th Squadron):
F/L G. R. Boles.
Probable cause:
Engine failure shortly after rotation.