Accident Avid Aerobat G-BUDH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174638
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Date:Friday 2 January 1998
Type:Avid Aerobat
Registration: G-BUDH
MSN: PFA 189-1201
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Ingoe Farm Strip, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Ingoe Farm Strip, Northumberland
Destination airport:Ingoe Farm Strip, Northumberland
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 2 January 1998 when crashed at Ingoe Farn Strip, Northumberland, and caught fire due to a fuel leak. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The Avid Aerobat aircraft is a high-winged monoplane with a tail wheel landing gear. The pilot was taking off on grass Runway 27 following an earlier uneventful flight in the morning. Before take off he refuelled the aircraft with 4 Star petrol, conducted normal pre-flight checks and taxied the length of the runway in order to assess its condition. The grass was described as long and wet; the latter part of Runway 27 sloped downwards and terminated in a deep quarry.

The take off was normal but immediately after lift-off the pilot noticed a smell of petrol and decided to land straight ahead. After landing back he realised that the retardation was too low to stop the aircraft before the end of the runway and therefore applied the brakes fully which caused the aircraft to nose over and come to rest vertically nose down. The pilot was wearing a crash helmet, in accordance with his normal practice, which received some damage, but he was uninjured and managed to exit the aircraft rapidly, after turning off the engine ignition and electrical master switches.

He took the aircraft fire extinguisher with him, a dry powder type. A fire started very shortly thereafter and rapidly spread to the cockpit and the remainder of the fuselage. The pilot pulled the safety ring on the extinguisher but was unable to depress the trigger and could not obtain any extinguishant to tackle the fire, which burnt out the fuselage and most of the wings.

The pilot believed that a fuel leak from a tee-piece connector associated with the fuel primer had occurred. He reported that this had previously worn and leaked, when the aircraft had accumulated 70 operating hours since new, and had been replaced. The aircraft had subsequently flown a further 26 hours until the accident. The connector was apparently destroyed in the fire. The Popular Flying Association (PFA) had not received other reports of problems with this type of connector, which is widely used in Rotax engine installations.

The reason for failure of the fire extinguisher was not established and it was disposed of, however, the pilot did note that it was about five years old and the accident occurred within one month of its 'use by date'".

The AAIB report confirms that the aircraft was "destroyed"; as a result, the registration G-BUDH was cancelled by the CAA on 31 March 1998 as aircraft "destroyed"

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


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Revision history:

18-Mar-2015 00:02 Dr. John Smith Added
18-Mar-2015 00:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Narrative]
18-Mar-2015 00:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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