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Gnat down at CarFest

Old 1st Aug 2015, 13:14
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Gnat down at CarFest

I'm hearing that a Gnat has crashed whist displaying at the CarFest event. No news concerning the pilot yet.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 13:38
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I've just read on Twitter that the pilot ejected, no word on condition.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 13:44
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Not sure about the possible ejection. A few have commented about the aircraft being low level and inverted immediately prior to the incident.

Hoping for the best.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 13:58
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Video now being shown on Sky News.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 14:09
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BBC News have been reporting it as a Hawk but the twitter pictures clearly show 2 Gnats.



Fingers crossed for a good outcome.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 14:26
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 14:28
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Reports of plane crash at Oulton Park Carfest 2015 - latest updates - Manchester Evening News

Fingers crossed for no casualties.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 14:30
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Awful news, fingers crossed.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 14:36
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Not a good day today as there has also been a Spitfire crash at Biggin Hill as well.

Quoted from BHHH Facebook page:

Spitfire MK912 this afternoon suffered a loss of power after takeoff and forced landed back on the airfield. The aircraft is badly damaged but Pilot Dan Griffith carried out a text book forced landing and is OK.

Reports are that Dan has been taken to hospital though, and judging by the damage to the a/c it would seem to be a lucky escape!
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 15:02
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Biggin Hill...



What with yesterday's Blackbushe accident, this has been a bad 24hrs. These things come in threes.

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Old 1st Aug 2015, 15:10
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From the official carfest.org website:

Air displays are also a huge attraction with the RAF Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight among the flying favourites.

The gnatdisplayteam website has been swamped and is not responding.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 15:51
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This video on Sky News doesn't look good.

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Old 1st Aug 2015, 15:54
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Chris Evans, organiser of the event, has just confirmed on Sky News the pilot did not survive.

Condolences to his family & friends.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 15:58
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From their website, the Gnat Display Team flew 3 Gnats: XR538, XS102 and XP504. All were used on 4FTS in the 70s.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 16:14
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RIP

Such sad news. I will raise a glass tonight.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 16:57
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The team have named the pilot on their facebook page. Condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 17:16
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Condolences to the pilot's family.

It is a great shame that in the immediate aftermath the BBC is quoting an aviation "expert" as saying:

Aviation expert Julian Bray said the type of Gnat plane involved in the crash had been around since 1955.
He said: "They had great ideas for these little aircraft but they didn't quite made it. The RAF did use them for training purposes but never for display purposes. They went with another variant. They sold theirs on, mainly.
There are multiple inferences to be made there, but ones made on totally false premises. Perhaps Mr Bray can take the time to research the use of the Gnat T.1 with the Red Arrows.
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Old 1st Aug 2015, 17:19
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I too will raise a glass RIP


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Old 1st Aug 2015, 17:23
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Ewan and it was a fighter with the Finnish and Indian Air Forces. In the latter case it achieved several kills.
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