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6 Light aircraft accidents in one week

Old 29th Aug 2017, 16:25
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6 Light aircraft accidents in one week

Having been in this game for nearly 50 years I'm well aware of the risk factors and that operating mechanical devices sometimes leads to failures. The past 7 days has seen an unusual spike as follows,

23 Aug PA-32R forced landing with substantial damage

26 Aug Tiger Moth sadly 2 fatalities

28 Aug Another PA-32R forced landing

28 Aug Cessna 182 landing accident with major damage

28 Aug MB2 Colibri forced landing

28 Aug PA-28 forced landing where a Lamb got the chop

There were quite a few injuries involved here as well.

Apart from the co-incidence factor of the "28th" engine trouble seems to feature in most of these?
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Old 29th Aug 2017, 17:27
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Not only the past 6 days....there have been numerous crashes in the USA, this year, and it would appear, without true data, to have been more than usual.

It will be interesting to see the 2017 figures. Not all have been mechanical, a very good number have been weather related, with pilots driving into stuff, that should have been avoided...
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this just out....2014, many fuel related in the landing phase

http://download.aopa.org/advocacy/0822_Nall_Report.pdf
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This will be the EASA safety effect.

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Old 29th Aug 2017, 18:59
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Well the 28th was Bank Holiday Monday. And it was sunny, which was very odd for us in the UK. So presumably there was an unusually high level of GA activity from which these incidents arose ? In which case perhaps not that surprising that there was a higher than usual need for paperwork.
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Old 29th Aug 2017, 20:27
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Pegpilot has hit the nail on the head.

There was a very high level of GA flights in the UK from 25th - 28th August, due to the public holiday and very good weather. In that context the number of incidents is probably about normal.
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Old 29th Aug 2017, 20:52
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If anyone could tell me the identity of the Colibri, I'd be most grateful.
By PM will do.

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Old 29th Aug 2017, 21:18
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Anything to do with increased EASA/CAA interference? More paperwork, licensing chaos, more expense, less flying, = less competence.
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Old 29th Aug 2017, 22:15
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Bank holiday in the U.K. And good weather , I'm sure it was the perfect storm for light aircraft, motorcycle and horse riding accidents.
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Old 30th Aug 2017, 09:17
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2010 to 2015 on average about 15 fatalities in GA in the UK annually.

Air safety statistics in the EU - Statistics Explained

To give that a little context, 1730 road traffic fatalities in the UK annually (source - pretty much anywhere you look). And as we sadly know, this bank holiday claimed it's share on the roads, so as others have said, it's all, however tragic, par for the course.

As I was once told in a flight safety seminar ..." aircraft accidents are a statistical certainty. Your job is to make sure you're not one of the statistics".
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Old 30th Aug 2017, 20:05
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I know of two more unreported incidents. I'd be surprised if there weren't more.
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