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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184575
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Date:25-JUL-1990
Time:19:22
Type:Silhouette image of generic COY2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Rans S-6ES Coyote II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-MWEJ
C/n / msn: 89094
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Golf Course near Garstang, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 25-07-1990 when crashed onto a Golf Course near Garstang, Lancashire, killing the pilot (the sole person on board). Failure of the aircraft controls, and the control column in particular, was suspected as the cause. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"G-MWEJ was subsequently seen to take off in a northerly direction at about 19:20 hours. The weather was fine, with a light wind. An eyewitness observed that the take off run seemed to use an excessive amount of runway. Once airborne, the aircraft seemed to climb at a lower rate than normal, and then commence a slow turn onto an easterly heading, climbing to about 200 feet. During this period the engine sounded normal

The aircraft was next seen two minutes later, at 19:22 hours, by several eyewitnesses some two miles to the east and flying at about 200 feet and flying steadily in an easterly direction. The balance of the evidence from eyewitnesses suggests that G-MWEJ had been flying at reduced power before it suddenly pitched nose down into a vertical dive and impacted the ground onto a golf course. There was no fire, but the pilot was killed instantly by the impact"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-MWEJ was cancelled by the CAA on 31-10-1990 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f7ece5274a13170006db/Rans_Coyote_S5__G-MWEJ_11-90.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=MWEJ

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2016 19:03 Dr.John Smith Added

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