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St Athan Grob Aircraft Crash In Wales

Old 11th Feb 2009, 16:42
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Condolencies to all those involved. A sad day for the organisation and the RAF.

BBC NEWS | Wales | Four die in mid-air plane crash
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 16:45
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The bbc is saying both aircraft were AEF. Condolences, all the worse if there were kids involved.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 16:46
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God bless.

What a horrible day. God bless all of affected by this awful tragedy.
RIP
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 16:48
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This crash has happened literally within a 15 minute walk of our village. The only way to describe it is that we are all in a state of total shock.

I have no words to describe how I feel.

All of our thoughts go out to the families involved.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 16:56
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Posts on here say that these aircraft were from UWAS, however BBC says they were from Cranwell. Can anyone confirm because I have a friend who's on UWAS who fly frequently?!

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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:05
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I believe that they belong to Cranwell, and are detached to AEFs and UASs
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:05
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Dave,

The a/c are owned centrally by cranwell, but based elsewhere.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:09
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To be entirely accurate, the aircraft are owned by VT Aerospace, and the RAF pays for them on a PFI scheme. They have civil registrations. Another forum was listing two regs alleged to be involved.

AEFs and UASs share the aircraft, normally, at each location. At Benson, for example, 6AEF and Oxford UAS use the same airframes.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:21
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RIP all....
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:31
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BBC NEWS | Wales | Four die in mid-air plane crash

"Two RAF trainers and two cadets have been killed in a mid-air crash between two light aircraft near the south Wales coast.

They died near the seaside resort of Porthcawl at around 1100 GMT. Their identities have not been revealed.

The wreckage was spread over about half a mile, with some in sand dunes near Kenfig National Nature Reserve.

The Grob planes were involved in "air experience" flights from RAF St Athan with a training school.

Two separate inquiries are under way into the crash.

"Four members of the RAF family have tragically lost their lives following an accident which took place near Porthcawl just before lunchtime today. Those who died were two members of the RAF and two Air Training Corps cadets. "
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As someone involved with the ACO, I'm numbed.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:32
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How very sad that some young people, who were probably making that inspiring journey we all once made, have been taken from us so soon.

Solemn thoughts
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:37
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Two ATC cadets by all accounts. Very sad, very sad indeed.


Will the Tutor fleet be grounded/AEF suspended, or is it too early for this type of speculation?

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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:41
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R.I.P All.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:45
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Condolences to the families:
RIP guys
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:45
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Very very sad . RIP.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:49
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A very sad day for the RAF and the ACO.

The only glimmer of light from such a tragedy is that they were doing what they enjoyed. Cadets only want to fly; as a staff member of the ACO, it's a joy to see the face of an air cadet who has just been up for the first time or done aeros.

RIP guys.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:49
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As a VR(T) officer I have organised countless AEF trips for cadets... it remains the highlight of their time with the ACO.

AEF pilots do a fantastic job giving these youngsters an experience they'll never forget. This is a really sad loss, two young cadets who were proof that not all kids are hoodies causing trouble, and two pilots who gave up lots of their time especially at weekend to provide us with flying.

I hope sensibilities prevail and there are no knee jerk reactions.
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:52
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it bad enough losing fellow aviators but Air Cadets, oh bloody hell, that's awefull. Absolutly guted. feel sick now ths isnt good day ,
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 17:56
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BBC Wales News reporting that two teenage girls are among the fatalities and they are thought to be related, an even sadder slant to this incident
condolences to all of the families concerned
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Old 11th Feb 2009, 18:08
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My son is due his first flight any time with the Air Cadets. This news is really sad and condolences to all those involved.
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