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Last updated: 13 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PTS2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pitts S-2A
Registration: G-BKWI
C/n / msn: 2268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bramford, 3 miles W of Ipswich, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Earls Colne, Essex (EGSR)
Destination airport:Ipswich Airport, Suffolk (IPW/EGSE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 10-8-1996 when failed to recover from a spin and crashed into trees at Bramford, three miles west of Ipswich, Suffolk (at approximate co ordinates 5204′26″N 105′53″E). Both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) sustained serious injuries. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"In the descent towards Ipswich the owner, who was handling the aircraft, decided to take the opportunity to carry out a 3-turn spin. At approximately 4,500 feet amsl, he warned his passenger, and commenced the manoeuvre. He retarded the throttle and decreased the speed to around 60 mph before applying full left rudder, while simultaneously bringing the control column fully back.

He had the impression that the aircraft did not enter the spin as crisply as normal, and that the engine speed was slightly higher than the normal flight idle. He checked that the throttle was fully retarded, but did not notice the engine power indications. After three turns, he commenced the standard recovery; with the throttle fully back, he applied full opposite (right) rudder and moved the stick smartly forward to just beyond the neutral position.

The aircraft continued to spin to the left and the manoeuvre noticeably became more flat. He moved the control column fully forward and then, to ensure that there was no out-spin aileron,he released the control column; concurrent with this, he applied left rudder. His intention was then to bring the control column fully back to reestablish the original spin.

However, the spin continued to go flatter and he does not believe that he had moved the control column from the central position before G-BKWI impacted the top of a copse of trees. During his recollection of events, the pilot made the point that he found it very difficult to be sure of his exact actions, or if they were in the correct chronological order.

Following the impact, two witnesses quickly appeared on the scene; one of these had already alerted the emergency services. They found the occupants of the aircraft still in the cockpits and it was apparent that the front seat passenger was the most seriously injured. Shortly afterwards, the fire service arrived, confirmed that the aircraft was safe and rendered first aid. When the ambulance service arrived, the rear seat occupant was quickly extricated from G-BKWI.

The recovery of the front seat passenger was slower because of his more serious injuries. Both personnel were airlifted to hospital."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft Destroyed". As a result, the registration G-BKWI was cancelled by the CAA on 13-12-1996


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

Revision history:

15-Jun-2016 12:59 Dr.John Smith Added

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