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Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Enstone

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2018 at 1420 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N414FZ
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
414-0175
YOM:
1971
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1194
Captain / Total hours on type:
9.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Dunkeswell Airfield on the morning of the accident for a flight to Retford (Gamston) Airfield with three passengers on board, two of whom held flying licences. The passengers all reported that the flight was uneventful and after spending an hour on the ground the aircraft departed with two passengers for Enstone Airfield. This flight was also flown without incident.The pilot reported that before departing Enstone he visually checked the level in the aircraft fuel tanks and there was 390 ltr (103 US gal) on board, approximately half of which was in the wingtip fuel tanks. After spending approximately one hour on the ground the pilot was heard to carry out his power checks before taxiing to the threshold of Runway 08 for a flight back to Dunkeswell with one passenger onboard). During the takeoff run the left engine was heard to stop and the aircraft veered to the left as it came to a halt. The pilot later recalled that he had seen birds in the climbout area and this was a factor in the abandoned takeoff. The aircraft was then seen to taxi to an area outside the Oxfordshire Sport Flying Club, where the pilot attempted to start the left engine, during which time the right engine also stopped. The right engine was restarted, and several attempts appeared to have been made to start the left engine, which spluttered into life before stopping again. Eventually the left engine started, blowing out clouds of white and black smoke. After the left engine was running smoothly the pilot was seen to taxi to the threshold for Runway 08. The takeoff run sounded normal and the landing gear was seen to retract at a height of approximately 200 ft agl. The climbout was captured on a video recording taken by an individual standing next to the disused runway, approximately 400 m to the south of Runway 08. The aircraft was initially captured while it was making a climbing turn to the right and after 10 seconds the wings levelled, the aircraft descended and disappeared behind a tree line. After a further 5 seconds the aircraft came into view flying west over buildings to the east of the disused runway at a low height, in a slightly nose-high attitude. The right propeller appeared to be rotating slowly, there was some left rudder applied and the aircraft was yawed to the right. The left engine could be heard running at a high rpm and the landing gear was in the extended position. The aircraft appeared to be in a gentle right turn and was last observed flying in a north-west direction. The video then cut away from the aircraft for a further 25 seconds and when it returned there was a plume of smoke coming from buildings to the north of the runway. The pilot reported that the engine had lost power during a right climbing turn during the departure. He recovered the aircraft to level flight and selected the ‘right fuel booster’ pump (auxiliary pump) and the engine recovered power. He decided to return to Enstone and when he was abeam the threshold for Runway 08 the right engine stopped. He feathered the propeller on the right engine and noted that the single-engine performance was insufficient to climb or manoeuvre and, therefore, he selected a ploughed field to the north of Enstone for a forced landing. During the approach the pilot noticed that the left engine would only produce “approximately 57%” of maximum power, with the result that he could not make the field and crashed into some farm buildings. There was an immediate fire following the accident and the pilot and passenger both escaped from the wreckage through the rear cabin door. The pilot sustained minor burns. The passenger, who was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, sustained burns to his body, a fractured vertebra, impact injuries to his chest and lacerations to his head.

Crash of a Lockheed C.3A Hercules in Brize Norton

Date & Time: May 6, 2010
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
XV304
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lyneham AFB - Brize Norton
MSN:
4272
YOM:
1968
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft made a gear up landing and slid on runway for several yards before coming to rest. All four crew were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was taking part to a RAF troop transfer mission from Lyneham AFB to Brize Norton.
Probable cause:
It appears that crew did not follow the approach check-list and forgot to lower the gear. There was no reaction or any corrective action from the crew when the warning alarm sounded in the cockpit on approach. No technical anomaly was found on the aircraft or its components according to the board of investigation.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Oxford: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jan 15, 2010 at 1407 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N95RS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Oxford - Oxford
MSN:
31-7400221
YOM:
1974
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
12500
Circumstances:
The aircraft took off from Oxford for a planned flight up to FL190. The reported visibility was 2,000 m with a cloud base of 200 ft. The pilot established two-way radio communication with Brize Radar and was cleared to climb to FL80. The controller observed the aircraft climb to around 1,500 ft then saw that it had started to descend. There were no further communications from the aircraft and two minutes later it crashed into a field.
Probable cause:
The post-mortem examination showed that the pilot had severe coronary heart disease and there was evidence to suggest that he may have been incapacitated, or died, prior to the collision with the ground. The passenger was a qualified private pilot but was not experienced with either the aircraft or flight in IMC.
Final Report:

Crash of a Socata TBM-700 in Oxford: 3 killed

Date & Time: Dec 6, 2003 at 1124 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N30LT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bruxelles-Oxford
MSN:
201
YOM:
2001
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
1573
Captain / Total hours on type:
500.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Oxford-Kidlington airport, the single engine aircraft struck the ground short of runway and was destroyed. All three occupants were killed.