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Old 10th Sep 2021, 15:29
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Accident near Ashford

Kent News are reporting a "Fatal Light Aircraft Accident near Ashford"
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Old 10th Sep 2021, 16:04
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From Kentlive-Earlier this afternoon, The Coastguard confirmed that a search and rescue helicopter had been dispatched from Lydd following reports of a missing aircraft.

Tar Pot Lane lies near the village of Bilsington, not too far from Folkestone.

A full statement from Kent Police said: “Kent Police was called just before 10am on Friday 10 September 2021 following a report of a concern for a missing light aircraft which was subsequently found in a field in Tar Pot Lane, Ashford.
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Crash site is 6 nm north of Lydd. Aircraft involved was a based Cessna 172.
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Old 11th Sep 2021, 21:25
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The C172 was one of those based at Rochester
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Originally Posted by tr7v8 View Post
The C172 was one of those based at Rochester
Maybe, but most of its flights tracked by FR24 in the last year have started from and ended at Lydd. On Tuesday it made a return trip from Lydd to (I think) Nuthampstead.
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Originally Posted by DaveReidUK View Post
Maybe, but most of its flights tracked by FR24 in the last year have started from and ended at Lydd. On Tuesday it made a return trip from Lydd to (I think) Nuthampstead.
Not maybe, definitely. It was the one I was learning in at RCS.
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Apologies, I stand corrected - I was thinking of a different Skyhawk rather than the SP.
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The inquest has recently taken place and it appears that the pilot stole the aircraft in order to kill himself.
https://www.kentonline.co.uk/ashford...urpose-262629/
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How sad.
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Just out of curiosity: is euthanasia legal or illegale in the UK?
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Euthanasia is illegal in the UK.
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Just out of curiosity: is euthanasia legal or illegale in the UK?
Illegal, medical staff getting involved can trigger a world of pain. My wife is an RGN of 35 odd years experience & she always says that towards the end with large doses of opioids to suppress pain, that also suppress breathing so it's a bit of a grey area.
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Well, then let's chalk this case up for what could have been saved. Not only the crashed aircraft and the extra effort to get another one, but probably a few months of reasonable life for the pilot as well. Terminal stage predictions are notoriously off in many cases (err on the low side), so if you are fit to take off in the airplane and fly around alone, it is surely too early to call it quits. He could have enjoyed flying around for another month before bidding farewell to life, had he known a possibility to plan it that way.
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I have utmost sympathy for anyone who faces that kind of medical condition - having lost both my parents to cancer, I know what it looks like.

I can also understand why someone might chose to end their life on their own terms before the pain and loss of quality of life became intolerable.

In this case I have the utmost sympathy for the poor souls who were the collateral damage - The Instructor and the A/G operator at Rochester who had to watch and listen to this unfold and the two passers by who attended the scene of the crash and tried to save the pilot.

They will have experienced real and long lasting trauma from this - in the same way that train drivers suffer horribly when people jump out in front of their trains.

I cannot imagine (fortunately) how desperate one would have to feel to take this course of action but I cannot help but think that there were other options open to this gentleman whereby he could have ended his life on his own terms without causing such pain for others. ( I'm certainly not suggesting that this thread become a discussion about any such methods!)

But then to quote the old phrase oft used by Coroners in the UK - "Whilst the balance of his mind was disturbed".

Horribly sad for everyone - But i feel particularly sad for the people who have to live with it.

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Terminal stage predictions are notoriously off in many cases (err on the low side)
You just don't know when your number is up. Very good friend died a year ago, pancreatic cancer, had been given 6 to 12 months at diagnosis, within 2 months she was in a wheelchair and dead in 3.
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