Two men die in aircraft crash near Chelmsford

Two men die in aircraft crash near Chelmsford

Crash scene: Picture courtesy of Essex Fire and Rescue Service

Picture courtesy of Essex Fire and Rescue Service

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TWO men died when a light aircraft nosedived into a field and burst into flames near Chelmsford yesterday.

The YAK 52 aircraft crashed at just before 3pm in a field near the small village of Cooksmill Green on the A414, very close to Writtle.

Firefighters and emergency services raced to the scene but were unable to save the pilot or his passenger.

The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield.

Both victims are from Essex and their next of kin have been informed of their deaths.

Two men, a pilot and his passenger both from Essex, were on board

Police closed off a section of the A414 between Chelmsford and Ongar while emergency services."

Sam Gildersleeve, from Ongar, was with friends when they  saw the plane flying low.

He said: "At this point we all looked at the sky and the plane attempted to do a somersault unsuccessfully, we heard a popping sound and noticed the plane did not re-emerge.

"We then noticed smoke coming from the site in the field where the plane had crashed. Shortly after the emergency services appeared."

The Air Accident Investigation Branch has sent a team to investigate.

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5:20am Sun 30 Mar 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

RIP
RIP Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 13

2:27pm Sun 30 Mar 14

tophat27dt says...

The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane.
The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.
The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane. The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald. tophat27dt
  • Score: 1

5:41pm Sun 30 Mar 14

thispaperistrash says...

tophat27dt wrote:
The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane.
The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.
"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield"
Doh!!!!
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane. The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.[/p][/quote]"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield" Doh!!!! thispaperistrash
  • Score: 5

5:47pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

tophat27dt wrote:
The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane.
The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.
Don't ask The Echo to be more vague
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane. The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.[/p][/quote]Don't ask The Echo to be more vague Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Sun 30 Mar 14

tophat27dt says...

thispaperistrash wrote:
tophat27dt wrote:
The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane.
The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.
"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield"
Doh!!!!
I know he had taken off from North Weald, but they have no ATC there, so I wondered why should anybody after the accident well clear of their airport, should we contact North Weald as to whether he was doing aerobatics...it's not North Weealds problem..he was clear of their circuit.,
[quote][p][bold]thispaperistrash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane. The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.[/p][/quote]"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield" Doh!!!![/p][/quote]I know he had taken off from North Weald, but they have no ATC there, so I wondered why should anybody after the accident well clear of their airport, should we contact North Weald as to whether he was doing aerobatics...it's not North Weealds problem..he was clear of their circuit., tophat27dt
  • Score: -4

9:38pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

tophat27dt wrote:
thispaperistrash wrote:
tophat27dt wrote:
The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane.
The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.
"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield"
Doh!!!!
I know he had taken off from North Weald, but they have no ATC there, so I wondered why should anybody after the accident well clear of their airport, should we contact North Weald as to whether he was doing aerobatics...it's not North Weealds problem..he was clear of their circuit.,
confused dot com
[quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thispaperistrash[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tophat27dt[/bold] wrote: The YAK52 is a fully aerobatic 2-seater aeroplane. The question is at what height they were being carried out, if the pilot lost control, or if the engine failed whilst manoevring. I don't see what it's got to do the the airfield at North Weald.[/p][/quote]"The plane had earlier taken off from the nearby North Weald airfield" Doh!!!![/p][/quote]I know he had taken off from North Weald, but they have no ATC there, so I wondered why should anybody after the accident well clear of their airport, should we contact North Weald as to whether he was doing aerobatics...it's not North Weealds problem..he was clear of their circuit.,[/p][/quote]confused dot com DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 0

9:42pm Sun 30 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

So it appears they on board, were performing stunts, if aerobatics was the cause, it opens up a real can of worms, as for such flying high jinks, needs Civil Aviation authority, which obviously was lacking here, a witness stated he saw the plane attempting a somersault , which if true, means those within the aircraft were acting in an improper manner, thank God they didn't crash onto houses.
So it appears they on board, were performing stunts, if aerobatics was the cause, it opens up a real can of worms, as for such flying high jinks, needs Civil Aviation authority, which obviously was lacking here, a witness stated he saw the plane attempting a somersault , which if true, means those within the aircraft were acting in an improper manner, thank God they didn't crash onto houses. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: -1

9:52pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"The Yakovlev Yak 52 is a Soviet aircraft which was first produced in the late 1970s and is still used for training both civilian aerobatics pilots and military pilots".
"The Yakovlev Yak 52 is a Soviet aircraft which was first produced in the late 1970s and is still used for training both civilian aerobatics pilots and military pilots". DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

10:25pm Sun 30 Mar 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

carnmountyouknowitma
kessense
wrote:
So it appears they on board, were performing stunts, if aerobatics was the cause, it opens up a real can of worms, as for such flying high jinks, needs Civil Aviation authority, which obviously was lacking here, a witness stated he saw the plane attempting a somersault , which if true, means those within the aircraft were acting in an improper manner, thank God they didn't crash onto houses.
they have to practise somewhere, probably thats why it was over fields, a similar one occurred a few years back
[quote][p][bold]carnmountyouknowitma kessense[/bold] wrote: So it appears they on board, were performing stunts, if aerobatics was the cause, it opens up a real can of worms, as for such flying high jinks, needs Civil Aviation authority, which obviously was lacking here, a witness stated he saw the plane attempting a somersault , which if true, means those within the aircraft were acting in an improper manner, thank God they didn't crash onto houses.[/p][/quote]they have to practise somewhere, probably thats why it was over fields, a similar one occurred a few years back DogsMessInLeigh
  • Score: 2

10:50pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

This particular aircraft, G-YAKR was built in 1989. A lot younger than many of light aircraft currently flying. They are built specifically for aerobatics, having a high thrust to weight ratio.

The people at N.Weald would be interested to know that they don't have
ATC facilities. So would Stanstead for that matter !!

Aerobatics are usually performed in designated areas, and doesn't need any special permission. As long as ATC are informed as to what levels
the aircraft will be operating at.
This particular aircraft, G-YAKR was built in 1989. A lot younger than many of light aircraft currently flying. They are built specifically for aerobatics, having a high thrust to weight ratio. The people at N.Weald would be interested to know that they don't have ATC facilities. So would Stanstead for that matter !! Aerobatics are usually performed in designated areas, and doesn't need any special permission. As long as ATC are informed as to what levels the aircraft will be operating at. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 2

6:11pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Letmetryagain says...

Blue Skies gentleman.
Blue Skies gentleman. Letmetryagain
  • Score: 1

9:34pm Tue 1 Apr 14

InTheKnowOk says...

Tragic loss ..
Tragic loss .. InTheKnowOk
  • Score: 0

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