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Date:01-AUG-2022
Time:10:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic CH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Zenair CH-601UL Zodiac
Owner/operator:Trustee of the G-CDAL Group
Registration: G-CDAL
MSN: PFA 162A-14195
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Kinglassie, SW of Fife Airport, Glenrothes, Fife (EGPJ) -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Fife Airport (EGPJ)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
A Zenair CH-601UL Zodiac sustained substantial damage in a forced landing in a field near Kinglassie, close to the Fife Airport. According to various contemporary media reports:

"Emergency services raced to the Fife village of Kinglassie in the morning of August 1 after reports of a light aircraft crashing in the field nearby. Thankfully, no one has been injured in the incident. Police were called to the reports at around 10:55am as the alarm went up.

Images of the crashed plane have emerged online, showing it stuck in a wheat field next to the village. The pictures show that the right wing of the aircraft has been bent in the impact as well as the tail of the vehicle being twisted dramatically to the right.

The picture also shows the propeller of the plane clogged with wheat as it was landing and the canopy of the twin-seat aircraft open. Reportedly, the pilot was out and walking around after the crash as people came to help.

Locals also report that emergency services are restricting access to the Fife village and turning cars back towards Cluny. Police Scotland confirm that emergency services remain at the scene to clear the area.

It is not currently clear what happened to cause the plane to make an emergency landing**.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were called to reports of a light aircraft crashing in a field near Kinglassie at around 10.55am on Monday, 1 August, 2022. There have been no reported injuries. Emergency services are at the scene to clear the area.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "We can confirm we are in the area responding to an incident, after receiving a call at 10.57am."

**One newspaper ("The National" - see link #4) claims that the cause of the incident was due to the aircraft cockpit canopy opening in flight. Also "An eyewitness reported seeing it do a “somersault” before crashing". The pilot - the sole person on board - was reported to be "shaken up and bruised" but otherwise unhurt.

The reported crash location of Kinglassie (Scottish Gaelic: Cill Ghlaise) is a small village and parish in central Fife, Scotland. It is located two miles southwest of Glenrothes.

Sources:

1. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/fife/3550297/plane-crash-kinglassie-fife/
2. https://www.edinburghlive.co.uk/news/edinburgh-news/scottish-pilot-miraculous-escape-plane-24640910
3. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-62382613.amp
4. https://www.thenational.scot/news/20592569.kinglassie-plane-crashes-fife-field-cockpit-opens-mid-air/
5. https://www.scotsman.com/news/fife-plane-crash-light-aircraft-comes-down-in-field-near-fife-town-3789392
6. https://news.stv.tv/east-central/plane-crash-in-kinglassie-village-field-after-cockpit-opens-in-mid-air
7. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/plane-makes-emergency-crash-landing-27627964
8. https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/20592564.kinglassie-plane-crashes-scottish-field/
9. https://www.radarbox.com/data/registration/G-CDAL/1745267718
10. https://www.flightradar24.com/data/aircraft/g-cdal
11. https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=121808
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinglassie

Location

Media:


Images:

Photo of G-CDAL courtesy AirHistory.net


Dunkeswell (EGTU)
29 April 2019; (c) Joop de Groot

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Aug-2022 11:19 harro Added
01-Aug-2022 11:21 harro Updated [Location, Narrative]
03-Aug-2022 14:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
03-Aug-2022 15:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]]
03-Aug-2022 15:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
06-Aug-2022 23:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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