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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199935
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Time:16:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BDOG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scottish Aviation Bulldog 120
Owner/operator:Trustee of the XB Group
Registration: G-BHXB
MSN: BH120/408
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Embleton, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Eshott Airfield, Felton, Northumberland (X5ES)
Destination airport:Eshott Airfield, Felton, Northumberland (X5ES)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Bulldog 120 G-BHXB sustained damage at 17:00 hours LT (5 pm) when it made an emergency landing into a field at Station Road, Embleton, about seven miles from Alnwick, Northumberland. Emergency services were on the scene quickly and have confirmed that there were no serious injuries.

It is not known where the intended destination of the plane was, although the scene of the emergency landing was about twenty miles from Eshott airfield. It is not known at this time what caused the pilot to need to execute the emergency landing. Photographs of the accident show that G-BHXB has sustained damage to the nose landing gear (which seems to have collapsed and folded back on landing) and damage to the propeller

UPDATE: The official AAIB report into the incident was published 8/3/2018, and the following is an extract from that report...

"AAIB investigation to Bulldog Series 120 Model 1210, G-BHXB
Forced landing due to fuel starvation, Embelton, Northumberland, 24 September 2017.

Prior to his departure from Eshott, Northumberland on a test flight, following a prolonged period of engine maintenance, the pilot visually confirmed that he had sufficient fuel for 2 hours and 45 minutes. However, at 2,500 feet amsl, having been airborne for approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes, the engine lost power and, despite repeated attempts, could not be restarted. During this time, the pilot confirmed that all engine controls, fuel and ignition selections were correct and noted that each fuel tank had indicated 1/3 full.

The pilot, wearing a full harness, was uninjured during the subsequent forced landing, but the aircraft sustained damage to the nose landing gear, engine and propeller.

The pilot reported that the engineering organisation, who attended the accident site to recover the aircraft, confirmed that the fuel tanks had run dry. He considered that, as the flight involved running in the engine at various power settings and durations, the fuel depleted more quickly than he had calculated. The aircraft was not fitted with a fuel flow meter."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to propeller, engine, nose landing gear, engine cowling and fuselage."


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

24-Sep-2017 20:18 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Sep-2017 21:09 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Mar-2018 16:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2018 20:32 harro Updated [Time]

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