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Type:Silhouette image of generic BDOG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Bulldog T1
Owner/operator:Manchester and Salford UAS Royal Air Force (Manchester and Salford UAS RAF)
Registration: XX712
MSN: BH.120/361
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Southport Seafront, Lancashire -   Netherlands
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:EGOW
Destination airport:EGOW
XX712 had taken off for a routine training sortie with an Acting Pilot Officer with MASUAS on board. The aircraft did not adhere to the authorized sortie plan and was seen flying low over the Southport area of Merseyside.

XX712 then flew over the beach and began performing some aerobatic manoeuvres. During this the aircraft entered a spin at low level, which he was unable to recover from. The aircraft impacted the beach but did not immediately catch fire. Members of the public tried to remove the pilot from the wreckage as a fire had begun, but they were unable to free his harness. The aircraft was then engulfed in a fire ball and they were forced back.

Per eyewitness report from a friend of the pilot: "He spun his Bulldog into Southport beach and survived the impact. The first responder was an off duty fireman but he was confused by the two harness releases (seat and parachute) so ran to his car a few yards away to get a knife to cut the straps. When he got back the aircraft caught fire and he had to watch Mark burn alive"

Unconfirmed reports of a split from his girlfriend may have induced his actions.

The pilot of this aircraft (Acting Pilot Officer Mark Davies) was an officer with Manchester and Salford Universities Air Squadron (MASUAS). I believe that the rumoured split from his girlfriend was true. The duty Air Traffic Control Officer (Jim) had to listen to the radio as he was transmitting during his attempted rescue and ultimate death. A truly tragic loss.



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

Revision history:

19-Dec-2011 03:45 sirjames111 Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
28-May-2013 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-May-2013 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Nov-2014 13:13 sirjames111 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
21-Jan-2020 22:11 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
01-Feb-2020 10:56 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
13-Feb-2020 07:16 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-Oct-2021 09:29 Ian Scott Updated [Country, Source]
23-Oct-2021 09:35 harro Updated [Narrative, Accident report]

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