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Hawk incident near Culdrose

Old 25th Mar 2021, 14:06
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XX189? What a shame - I first flew it over 40 years ago on the first of the new TWU courses with 63 Sqn at Heaven-in-Devon.
A few years ago when I had some time to kill & I was in something of a reflective mood I went through my old logbooks to work out how many ac I’d flown had been subsequently lost during the nearly 40 years since I’d started flying.

I totalled up 17 which was rather sobering (though none were at my hands!) I count myself fortunate to have got away with it especially given some of the near misses.

Very relieved to hear that both crew walked away, I hope their injuries are minor & they’re back in the air soon.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 14:34
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Lost on the approach to 29 by the looks of. Great to hear both are safe and well, MB have something in the post for you.

.....and an excellent offer on a Bremont MB1 watch !
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 15:35
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Do military aircraft such as the Hawk in question have flight data recorders or CVR's fitted to them?
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 16:15
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Do military aircraft such as the Hawk in question have flight data recorders or CVR's fitted to them?
Broadly yes, as far as newer types are concerned. The TMk1 has an ADR but no CVR. Fitment of a CVR has been recommended in several BoI/SI's but the MoD haven't yet taken the plunge. With the prospect of a 2030 oos date interest was being raised again, but with the latest defence review that now looks unlikely.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 16:16
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Do military aircraft such as the Hawk in question have flight data recorders or CVR's fitted to them?
Not in my time they didn't (thank god!). Not sure about now but I, personally, wouldn't think so. ^^^^^^ I accede to greater wisdom above! ^^^^^^

IIRC Thursday war 'let's be a missile' jaunts were normally done solo. Often taking a punter in the back for a jolly. If that's the case today then I guess the ballast got more of a ride than they though they might and the delights of the MB tie and subsequent after dinner dit!

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to both!
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:10
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Question Why aim for the river?

Comments on the BBC news page."The pilot was very concerned about the whereabouts of the jet," he said.
"He said they aimed to put it in the Helford River but we saw it heading away from the river."

Why the river and pollute a water course?

At least there were no comments like "Bravely steered away from the local primary school"
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:15
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Probably to minimise possible damage to both structures and people, (whilst contaminating the river with jet fuel and killing a few fish), plus I would imagine it would stay relatively intact and in a localised area and reduce the risk of fire / explosion.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:41
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There is a marked CofG shift when two people leave a Hawk so any idea of trimming it to fly any where once you leave it is a waste of time.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:50
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Parachutes

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Do they use Irvin parachutes (or the successor company)? If so I assume there will be caterpillar club badges on the way eventually as well.
GQ I believe.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:55
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GQ I believe.
https://www.irvingq.com/our-story/caterpillar-club/
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 19:57
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A suitably restrained and laid back comment from the local MP.....

”Johnny Mercer, a defence minister, said that the accident was caused by “suspected engine failure”.“

There’s nothing more to it than that,” he said. “They’ve had a problem, they’ve ejected, they’ve been picked up. We’re assessing them and we’ll have more information in due course.”

Mercer, who represents the constituency where the accident took place, served in the armed forces between 2002 and 2013 after graduating from Sandhurst.”.......
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 20:42
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hawk incident near Culdrose

Johnny Mercer MP for Plymouth Moor View, not where accident occurred near Helston, Cornwall,
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 21:35
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I know folk discredit Fr24 but I happened to be watching the plane after being alerted to the 7700 indication. The “glide” speed (if, as reported in the press, an engine failure) seemed to vary between 250 and 350 until the trace stopped over the sea at around 2500ft, I think. Isn’t that a bit fast?

Or is the whole trace rubbish?
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 21:40
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Mercer is MP for Plymouth, Moor View. He was nice and succinct though.
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 21:40
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Relight speed perhaps?
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Old 25th Mar 2021, 23:54
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Hawk loss

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It popped up on the alerts for FR24 just before 09:30, it then disappeared over the water about 5 miles south of Falmouth.
Hi, what sort of altitude was the Hawk at when you first followed its progress having presumably been alerted by the 7700 squawk ?

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Old 26th Mar 2021, 00:21
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Engine failure. Nobody has said birdstrike yet. Birds of the Herring Gull size do kill engines, including Adours. Could be as simple as that. I have seen Adours totally wasted by bird strike FODing. The Jigsaw puzzle will not take long to be put together.
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Old 26th Mar 2021, 01:33
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T1’s grounded until more is known


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-56531788
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Old 26th Mar 2021, 01:34
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"He said they aimed to put it in the Helford River but we saw it heading away from the river."

Why the river and pollute a water course?
The Helford River is in fact the name of the arm of the sea which cuts across the Lizard Peninsula almost as far as Culdrose, so not a river as such. Part of it is known as Frenchman's Creek, made famous in the Daphne du Maurier novel.

At least there were no comments like "Bravely steered away from the local primary school"
True, but the local facebook page had a comment congratulating the pilots on crashing their aircraft in an empty field!
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Old 26th Mar 2021, 07:39
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Originally Posted by grmps View Post
Or is the whole trace rubbish?
Well... many accident threads on PPRuNe certainly lead me to take things like speed with a pinch of salt, especially at low altitudes. Unless the speed is transmitted on ADS-B or similar, it’s calculated from successive positions and if an aircraft is manoeuvring it can be highly inaccurate.
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