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Last updated: 2 August 2021
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 11 March 1989
Time:12:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2T Turbine Islander
Operator:Headcorn Parchute Club
Registration: G-OTVS
MSN: 419
First flight: 1974
Engines: 2 Allison 250-B17C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Maidstone-Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Parachuting
Departure airport:Maidstone-Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield (EGKH), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Maidstone-Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield (EGKH), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft had been involved in dropping 10 parachutists from a height of 8,000 feet out of Headcorn Airfield. Nine of the parachutists jumped from the aircraft and landed safely, However, one of them jumped late, missed the dropping zone, and was blown into the path of the Islander as it was on final landing approach to Lashenden (Headcorn) airfield.
The parachutist collided with the left side of the aircraft and became entangled in the left hand propeller, which stopped immediately. The parachutist was killed instantly. The Islander then continued its landing approach, landed normally, and then turned off the taxiway to examine the damage sustained.
Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "substantial damage to left engine, left propeller, and to the left cockpit window."
Subsequently, the aircraft was used by the Parachute Club as a grounded instructional airframe, to train parachutists how to leave an aircraft, until it was sold to a new owner in January 1994. Some three months later the registration G-OTVS was cancelled by the CAA. Presumably the sale was for parting out/scrapping/spares recovery, as the aircraft had been scrapped by Lashenden (Headcorn) by 1999.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: EW/C1101
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Collision with person or animal on the ground
Forced landing on runway

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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