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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29522
Last updated: 20 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic as19 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Schleicher ASW 19B
Owner/operator:Welland Gliding Club
Registration: BGA 3752
MSN: 19285
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sutton Bank Airfield, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Sutton Bank Airfield (X5SB)
Destination airport:Sutton Bank Airfield (X5SB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Mid Air Collision with SF27- BGA3934/HGM: The aircraft were both soaring in the vicinity of Sutton Bank, at a height above the airfield of about 1,500 ft, near to the base of cloud. The surviving (SF27) pilot recalled suddenly seeing the other aircraft coming towards him, very close, and attempted to manoeuvre to avoid collision. However, the two aircraft collided almost head on, each aircraft's canopy being severely damaged by the other aircraft's wing. The SF27 wing structure separated from the fuselage; one wing of the ASW 19B separated approximately half-way along its span.

The ASW 19B and its pilot fell to the ground and were killed when the glider crashed into a field near the bottom of Sutton Bank. The AAIB investigation found that a GPS receiver had been mounted on the canopy of this glider and along with its linked wiring that had been cable-tied in place, this prevented the canopy from being jettisoned should the need arise. The pilot was unable to get out of the aircraft.

The SF27 canopy and canopy frame were severely damaged in the collision, and the pilot abandoned the aircraft through a hole in the canopy. He deployed his parachute successfully, and landed safely amongst trees. His minor injuries were sustained in the collision and subsequent parachute landing.

The pilot of Schliescer ASW 19B BGA 3752/GDP who was killed was named as Mr Peter Heywood, aged 48, from Finedon, Northamptonshire.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
10-Jun-2009 09:37 David Colclasure Updated
10-Jun-2009 10:16 David Colclasure Updated
07-Dec-2014 00:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jan-2015 15:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
04-Sep-2016 16:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Source]
04-Sep-2016 16:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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