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Unlicensed pilot flew plane that crashed, killing 5

Old 2nd Dec 2015, 20:22
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Ah hah! G-AVTN in 1975.

It's documented on the glenforsa website (I wish I'd started there) and on aviation-safety.net but can't find anything on AAIB.

The riddle of the lost flight | This Britain | News | The Independent seems to have the whole story but who in their right minds would think a pilot seemed competent enough to land at Glenforsa at night. It gave me hiccoughs to try to land there in the middle of a sunny afternoon!

Edit: and more recently http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3467055.stm

Even mentions the scallop diver!

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Old 3rd Dec 2015, 07:24
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From the BBC link above. A Royal Navy spokesman said:
Also we're not sure whether our divers, who are trained to go down to 30 metres, will be safe as parts of the plane are submerged at 31 metres.
"Sorry Chiefy, one metre too deep for us. Too bl**dy dangerous."

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Old 3rd Dec 2015, 11:38
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Old 3rd Dec 2015, 14:12
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My tongue-in-cheek point was that the spokesman was probably misinformed. Non-decompression diving, which is what I and most recreational divers do, is limited to 30m. Deeper than that, you will need a decompression stop, on top of the safety stop which most divers do these days.

I am sure military divers, using conventional SCUBA gear, routinely go below 30 m, with appropriate safety measures and decompression stops.
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Old 4th Dec 2015, 04:31
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Hey akaSylvia,

I watched a video with this kind of incident on National Geography.
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