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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 239848
Last updated: 25 May 2021
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Date:11-AUG-2020
Time:13:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic mima model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Team Mini-Max 91
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-MZPJ
MSN: PFA 186-12277
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Gatton Park, Reigate, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Fairoaks Airport (EGTF)
Destination airport:Fairoaks Airport (EGTF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
During a private cross-country flight, the microlight’s engine stopped, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing. The landing resulted in significant damage to the aircraft and serious injury to the pilot after the landing gear clipped an obstacle close to the ground, most likely rough vegetation.

The duration of the accident flight from the time the engine was started to the MAYDAY call was 2 hours and 40 minutes. The pilot reported that he refuelled the aircraft with 40 litres of fuel. Using the manufacturer’s fuel consumption rate of 15 l/hr, this gives an endurance of 2 hours and 40 minutes. Allowing for a reduced consumption rate at idle power and increased fuel consumption at takeoff power, the timing of the engine stopping is consistent with the aircraft running out of fuel. This analysis is supported by the lack of fuel observed by the Emergency Services who attended the scene and was acknowledged by the pilot as the most likely cause in his accident report form.

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5fabc93de90e075c566998af/Team_Minimax_91_G-MZPJ_12-20.pdf
2. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/reigate-crash-live-aircraft-gatton-18753136
3. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/eyewitness-describes-moment-aircraft-pirouetted-18754133
4. https://cdn.jetphotos.com/full/2/25797_1115767270.jpg (photo)
5. https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/gallery/pilot-missing-teeth-slipping-out-18755012
6. https://www.sussexlive.co.uk/news/reigate-crash-live-aircraft-gatton-4416073
7. https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/uk-news/plane-crashes-grounds-15000-year-18752721
8. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/G-MZPJ
9. http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/Popham
10. https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=116395&sid=eeda3c3c15f1aa9015a89471dab57ea9

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Aug-2020 00:06 Captain Adam Added
12-Aug-2020 03:32 Geno Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Source]
12-Aug-2020 09:24 Anon. Updated [Registration, Source]
12-Aug-2020 09:25 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]
12-Aug-2020 09:36 RobertMB Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
12-Aug-2020 10:16 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Aug-2020 16:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Aug-2020 16:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
12-Aug-2020 18:55 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
12-Aug-2020 20:23 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
10-Dec-2020 19:02 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report]
12-Dec-2020 22:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Accident report]

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