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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240765
Last updated: 21 October 2020
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Date:31-AUG-2020
Time:16:15
Type:Mignet HM-1000 Balerit
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-MRAM
C/n / msn: 134
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Tower Hill Lane, Sandridge, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Tower Hill Lane, Sandridge, Hertfordshire
Narrative:
Following an engine failure after take off the only option for the pilot was to land straight ahead onto a freshly ploughed field. The nose wheel dug in and the microlight toppled over. According to a contemporary local newspaper report ("Herts Advertiser" 1 September 2020):

"Pilot walks away from Sandridge plane crash
This is the dramatic image of a Sandridge plane crash from which a pilot walked away unscathed. Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was called to Tower Hill Lane, Sandridge at 4.15pm yesterday (Monday, August 31) after a light aircraft crashed onto a landing strip.

Crews from Hatfield, Wheathampstead and Welwyn Garden City attended the incident which did not result in any serious injuries. The incident was closed at just after 5pm."

The Hertfordshire Mercury added "The plane was located using 'what3words', a system which divides the world into three metre by three metre squares, each one coming with its own unique three-word address to locate scenes quickly."

The East of England Ambulance Service said one patient was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: "We are aware of an incident involving a light aircraft near St Albans. "We are in contact with the pilot to investigate the cause and circumstances of the incident."

Sources:

1. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-53984594
2. https://www.hertsad.co.uk/news/sandridge-plane-crash-pilot-unharmed-1-6817010
3. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1613009
4. https://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/news/hertfordshire-news/plane-crashes-hertfordshire-landing-strip-4476771
5. https://www.metro.news/dramatic-picture-shows-plane-upside-down-in-farmers-field-after-crash/2133280/

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Sep-2020 11:59 gerard57 Added
01-Sep-2020 12:51 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source]
01-Sep-2020 13:24 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
01-Sep-2020 17:16 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code]
04-Sep-2020 15:56 lemoncake Updated [Phase, Embed code, Narrative, Plane category]
21-Oct-2020 23:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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