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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 67878
Last updated: 13 December 2020
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Date:12-AUG-2009
Time:4:50 pm
Type:Silhouette image of generic FDCT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Flight Design CTSW
Owner/operator:Aardbus Ltd
Registration: G-VINH
C/n / msn: 8190
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Caird Park Golf Course, Mains Loan, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness (EGML)
Destination airport:Dundee Airport (EGPN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The pilot made a forced landing in a tree after the engine stopped near Dundee. The aircraft crashed into an oak tree and got stuck between two branches at a height of approx. 14 meters. The pilot, who sustained minor injuries, was rescued by fire fighters, and was taken to Ninewells Hospital for a medical assessment

Speaking from his hospital bed after the incident, Mr Hagedorn said he had recalled one of Captain WE Johns' adventures about James Bigglesworth, when he realised he was about to crash. "There's a story where Biggles has his engine shot up over enemy lines," he said. "He tries to get back to the airfield and doesn't quite make it and ends up with no height over a wood. "What he does is he flies into the wood, and, as he flies into the wood, he pulls the stick back to pancake onto trees - and I just did that. I just stalled into the tree."

The subsequent AAIB investigation identified flight planning as a contributory factor to the accident, and attributed the cause of the crash to the aircraft running out of fuel near the end of its planned flight.

Registration G-VINH cancelled by the CAA on 23/3/2010 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/54230174ed915d1371000b39/P_M_Aviation_Ltd_Flight_Design_CTSW__G-VINH_08-10.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=VINH
3. https://www.scotsman.com/news/biggles-saved-my-life-says-tree-crash-pilot-1-764660
4. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2009/08/12/pilot-hurt-as-plane-crashes-into-dundee-gold-course-86908-21592372/_
5. https://stv.tv/news/tayside/115565-pilot-freed-from-tayside-plane-crash/
6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-10943650
7. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6017753/Plane-gets-stuck-in-tree-on-golf-course.html
8. http://web.archive.org/web/20160809171743/http://forums.bmaa.org:80/default.aspx?f=15
9. http://www.thekathrynreport.com/2009/08/plane-lodged-in-golf-course-tree.html
10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1206220/Pilot-owes-life-Biggles-crashing-plane-tree--walking-away.html

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

Safety recommendation 2010-045 issued by AAIB to Flight Design GmbH

Media:


Images:

Photo of G-VINH courtesy AirHistory.net


Dundee / Caird Park [ Off-Airport ]
12 August 2009; (c) Mark McEwan

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Aug-2009 18:32 slowkid Added
12-Aug-2009 21:27 harro Updated
12-Aug-2009 23:17 Kernow657 Updated
14-Aug-2009 07:57 Anon. Updated
15-Oct-2012 16:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Nov-2014 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Damage]
09-Nov-2016 22:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Nov-2016 22:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location]

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