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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174002
Last updated: 23 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic COY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rans S-6ESD XL Coyote II
Registration: G-MYJL
C/n / msn: PFA204-12476
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Devils Chair, Stiperstones, Shropshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hardwicke, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire
Destination airport:Caernarfon Airport. Gwynedd (EGCK)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (substantially damaged) 25 August 2002 when crashed at The Devils Chair, Stiperstones, Shropshire.
According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot planned a cross-country flight from a private strip at Hardwicke, Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire, to Caernarfon Airfield, Gwynedd. The plan was for three aircraft to fly in company, taking a route westwards to the coast and then turning north to Caernarfon.

This route was chosen because it avoided flying over much of the highest terrain in the region. The pilot watched the local area television weather forecast in the morning, which indicated fair weather with light winds and overcast cloud conditions. He also checked the weather forecast at Caernarfon by telephone before departure and decided that it was suitable for his flight. As part of the pre-flight planning, he programmed the co-ordinates for Sleap Airfield, Shropshire, into his GPS as a possible diversion airfield.

After about ten minutes of flight, the three pilots, who were in radio and visual contact with each other, found that they were flying towards a lowering cloud base and the visibility was deteriorating. They decided to abandon the original plan of going to Caernarfon and changed course, intending to divert to Sleap.

En-route to Sleap, the pilot of G-MYJL found the weather conditions were worsening but, in view of the relative distances, he decided that his best course of action was to continue rather than turn back to Hardwicke. One or two minutes further into the flight, the pilot of G-MYJL lost sight of rising terrain ahead.

The aircraft flew into cloud and the pilot very rapidly became disorientated. The aircraft was not equipped with any attitude indicator, turn and slip, or turn co-ordinator instruments. The pilot had no experience of flying in cloud and he later estimated that he lost control of the aircraft within seconds.

As soon as he realised that he had lost control, the pilot closed the throttle. He remembered seeing the ground just before impact. Afterwards, he remained conscious and, despite substantial damage to the aircraft and injury to himself, was able to get out through the passenger entry door area on the right side of the fuselage.

He got clear of the aircraft but then realised that he was seriously injured and would require assistance. He crawled back to recover his mobile telephone and used it to call the emergency services. He had some difficulty in explaining his location because he was referring to his aeronautical chart and the operator's reference was to an Ordnance Survey map. As a result, he returned again to the aircraft in order to recover his GPS, from which he was able to pass a GPS position. This enabled a rescue helicopter to locate him.

From where the aircraft turned off the original track, there was some 30 nautical miles of high ground, rising to a maximum of 2,166 feet (660 metres), along the diversion route. The aircraft came to rest in an area of high ground known locally as The Devil's Chair, which rises to 1,758 feet (536 metres) at approximate co-ordinates 5235′ 11.29″ N, 256′ 0.68″ W.

As the AAIB report confirms, G-MYJL sustained "substantial" damage. It would appear that it was never repaired, as the registration was cancelled by the CAA on 17 December 2002 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

20-Feb-2015 18:37 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Feb-2015 18:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
23-Jul-2016 13:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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