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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 185789
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Date:24-MAR-2016
Time:12:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic TAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Socata TB9 Tampico
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BTWX
MSN: 1401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Lambley Private Airstrip, Green Lane, Lambley, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Lambley Private Airstrip, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Socata TB9 Tampico G-BTWX substantially damaged 24-3-2016: Aircraft contacted council van on road adjacent to airstrip. Starboard wing removed, engine hanging from bulkhead. No injuries reported. Police said it happened as the small plane took off from Lambley Airstrip at around 12.40pm.

Nobody in the van or plane was seriously hurt, but police have put a cordon in place around the site while an investigation into the accident begins. A Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “Green Lane is closed to traffic while the area is examined. The Civil Avation Authority has been informed.”

UPDATE; The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 12/01/2017, and the following is an excerpt from it:

"On the day of the accident the pilot noted that the wind was forecast to be increasing to greater than 20 knots from the south-west after 12:00 hours. When he arrived at the farm strip, the wind sock indicated a wind speed of less than 20 knots. He decided to attempt to take off, but aborted it when the aircraft did not achieve the desired 50 Knots IAS when half way along the runway. He delayed any further attempt by an hour in anticipation of the wind speed increasing.

At about 12:30 hours, the windsock indicated wind from about 225 degrees at more than 20 knots, which the pilot equated to a 15 knot headwind component. He started the aircraft and taxied to the eastern end of the strip, lining up with 540 metres of the 580 metres available because the first 40 metres of the westerly runway were soft. During the takeoff, the aircraft had reached the desired 50 Knots IAS about half way along the runway, so he committed to the takeoff.

Shortly thereafter he felt the aircraft’s acceleration slow but, at 55 knots, rotated the aircraft, and flew it level to increase airspeed. At this point, he spotted a van travelling in a southerly direction on the road that passes the end of the runway. Believing he might collide with it, the pilot attempted to climb the aircraft, but as he did so, the right wing dropped. He attempted to correct this with left rudder, and by easing the control column forward, but without success.

The right wing struck the van while banked approximately 90 degrees to the right, and detached from the aircraft. Having crossed the road, the aircraft then slid to a halt in a field on the other side. The pilot vacated the aircraft; both he and the van driver were uninjured. The aircraft was damaged beyond economic repair."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damaged beyond economic repair"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/58496a15e5274a130700007a/Socata_TB9_G-BTWX_01-17.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-nottinghamshire-35894172
4. https://nottstv.com/breaking-light-aircraft-crashes-into-van-near-notts-village/_
5. https://www.nottinghampost.com/Aircraft-crashes-van-Nottinghamshire-village/story-28986218-detail/story.html
6. http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-24/pilot-miraculously-escapes-unharmed-after-crashing-into-van-during-take-off/
7. https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/1100857/van-drivers-lucky-escape-as-a-plane-crashes-through-the-windscreen-2/
8. https://www.planepictures.net/v3/show_en.php?id=1157856
9. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2016/03/socata-tb9-g-btwx-incident-occurred.html

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


Images:

Photo of G-BTWX courtesy AirHistory.net


Lambley - Jericho Farm
6 May 2013; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Mar-2016 18:23 number78 Added
24-Mar-2016 18:24 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities]
24-Mar-2016 20:21 Iceman 29 Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Narrative]
25-Mar-2016 00:34 Geno Updated [Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2016 01:58 Geno Updated [Source]
31-Mar-2016 16:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator]
31-Mar-2016 16:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
15-Jul-2016 14:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2017 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2017 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Jan-2017 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage]

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