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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 12:51
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Light Aircraft down in Staffordshire

Reports of a light aircraft down near Colwich, Staffordshire. Emergency services on the scene. No more details. Lets hope no fatalities.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 12:54
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Sky news states Little Heywood.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 12:57
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So does BBC.

BBC NEWS | England | Staffordshire | One dead in light aircraft crash

RIP
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 13:16
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BBC radio reporting it as near Little Heywood, also reporting one dead.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 13:40
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From the description in the BBC News story I assume the crash location is visible in the satellite view shown in the link below or somewhere very close by:

little haywood - Google Maps
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 13:59
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Sky News now reporting two dead.

R.I.P.

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Express and Star newspaper:A light aircraft crashed near Rugeley today and burst into a ball of flames with at least one person feared dead. The plane came down and exploded just before 11.50am near the villages of Colwich and Little Haywood.The emergency services say they do not yet know if anyone has been killed.But an eyewitness told the Express & Star he feared there would be no survivors from the wreckage. Michael Wareham, of Wolseley Close, Colwich, saw the drama unfold just a few hundred yards from his home and called 999.The former paratrooper said he fears that no-one will leave the wreckage alive after seeing the plane plummet to the ground. He said: “I saw it flying over and I went into the back garden and saw the aircraft – I thought: ‘This is a bit low.“I thought it’s not going to pull out of there.’ and then it vanished from sight and I heard this hard thump and saw a huge plume of black smoke coming up from the ground.”Mr Wareham said he couldn’t understand why the plane had crashed as the engine sounded as if it was working normally. He said: “The engine actually increased in speed as it came down, which planes do when you put them into a dive. “There was no damage I could see and no indication it was actually going to come down at all until it did.” This article posted on January 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm. Now reporting two dead. RIP
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Did anyone manage to see the comments by people on the Sky News site. There were a few people defending the fact this is a tragic accident and not to speak about 'inconveniences to commuters'. Someone looked as though they were giving it (someone called Alan) on the comments, either way Sky have done a good job in removing said comments.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 16:13
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Potentially, from the Sky News clip it could turn out to be a PA 28 - 140 registered 'locally', which is self evident from 'G Info'. I won't post the suspected Reg / details. Authorities need to confirm that but I would be surprised if it is not that one.

RIP and thoughts especially to family and friends.
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It is a Piper PA-28 140 Cherokee.Reg No.G-AWPS
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BBC NEWS | England | Staffordshire | Fatal crash plane hits rail line
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 16:37
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Aircraft Down

I Cant believe that the Aircraft reg has been posted on the forum!

I would like to say that my heart goes out to both of the familys
and i am sure that this will be said by every member on this forum i am sure!


God Bless R.I.P
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 16:56
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Chessman,
Firstly you don't know for sure.... but if it was them it wasn't exactly sensitve was it Somebody's Dad, Brother, son. + A.N other has just perished & left their nearest & dearest very very sad.
IF it was that aircraft the owner was well known & liked in the area.
The field I (any many others) fly from is very close to the crash site & I have already had txts & calls asking if I was ok. Any need to publish the reg..... no I didn't think so
Day 2 in 2009 & we have already lost 2 fellow flyers. RIP.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 16:58
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Unhappy Light aircraft crash onto West Coast Mainline

Two feared dead in aircraft crash - AOL News
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 17:04
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Being discussed on the private flying forum.


http://www.pprune.org/private-flying...fordshire.html
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 17:25
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Totally disgusted by Sky News reporting on the accident, ......two feared dead in light aircraft crash on railway lines in Staffordshire......all this on the day when rail fares increased blaah blaah, inconvenienced travellers etc followed by the next 30mins live from the site with the Skycopter.

They really have lost the plot.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 17:32
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While I'm not so sure about posting the reg, who is to say Chessman doesn't have intimate knowledge?

He hails from Wolverhampton: could have links with the a/c.

Anything's possible.

Still a dreadful start to the new year.

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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 17:34
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I apologise if i have upset anybody but the reg can clearly be seen on the footage on sky news.It is not my intention to offend anybody and if the reg was not seen on the news i would not have posted it.It is always a great shame when a plane goes down and my heart too goes out to the families involved
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In all fairness, it didn't take batvision to piece the letters together from the air to ground footage.

Anyway, a sad loss and a tragic start to the new year. I also pole through that lump of sky quite often.
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Old 2nd Jan 2009, 17:37
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This is a pilots site. As a pilot I recognise that flying can be dangerous. If an aeroplane similar to the type that I fly has crashed, I would like to know the details as soon as possible. This is not mawkish curiosity, but a simple matter of flight safety.
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