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    Mustangs G-MSTG & G-TFSI - AAIB Reports Published (October 2017 Bulletin)

    The AAIB report for the tragic accident involving Maurice Hammond's P-51 'Janie' at Hardwick last year has been published in the October 2017 bulletin: -

    Also included is a report on the forced landing of 'Miss Velma' at this years Flying Legends.


    The most usless commodity in aerobatics is the amount of sky above you!

    You may wish to read this from Hardwick's PR Advisor

    We are pleased to have received the final report of the AAIB into the incident involving our P51 Mustang, Janie, at Hardwick Airfield Norfolk just over one year ago.
    Our thoughts lie firstly with the family of the passenger, John Marshall. A great supporter of historic aviation, his is a sad loss and we can only hope that this report at least brings some degree of closure, if not comfort to them. We have been in contact with the Marshall family following the incident and in the midst of their grief, the support they offered to Maurice, the family and team at Hardwick Warbirds was outstanding and heartwarming. They have continued to support and encourage Maurice during his prolonged recovery.

    We wish to make special mention of Bob Marshall, who under the most stressful and distressing circumstances played a pivotal part in Maurice’s survival, administering critical care before the arrival of medical staff.

    We note and accept the factual conclusions of the report, and whilst the comprehensive and diligent work of the AAIB, for which we are hugely grateful, provides a physical explanation of the circumstances, the event itself remains to the pilot and technical team, inexplicable.
    The aircraft, piloted by Maurice Hammond, and a variety of other authorised and qualified pilots, and its identical counterpart, P51D Marinell had been operated from Hardwick in similar circumstances hundreds of times, and without incident, across more than a decade.

    We note the findings of the AAIB that the aircraft was perfect technical and operational condition, and all legal and safety parameters for the operation of the aircraft were met or exceeded.
    Maurice has no memory of the incident, nor memory of the day of the flight. He was of course in a coma, and then semi conscious state for almost two weeks after the event, with a range of life changing injuries.

    We gratefully acknowledge the skilled care offered by all medical and emergency staff involved at the scene and during Maurice’s hospitalisation, without which he may not have survived.
    The aircraft, badly damaged in the course of the accident, and sadly further damaged extensively during recovery by the AAIB, remains in the hands of the investigators and there are no current plans for repair or restoration.

    In addition to extending our thanks to all involved in the rescue and recovery operation, we would like to commend the written and broadcast media representatives who attended for their restrained, factual and balanced reporting.

    In particular the family wishes to acknowledge the news staff at BBC Radio Norfolk, and BBC Radio Suffolk, Kim Riley from BBC Look East and Malcolm Robertson at ITV Anglia.
    Our final thanks must go to the thousands of well wishers in the UK who were familiar with Maurice and Janie in the air, and those worldwide who had recently come to know the Hardwick team from TV. Without their warm wishes and support the families would have found this period much more difficult to endure.

    All those involved remain deeply affected by this incident, and Maurice is still undergoing major medical treatment as part of what will be a multi year physical recovery.
    We would ask the media to respect the above and leave the families in peace with their thoughts and reflections at this difficult time.
    Al media enquiries should be directed to Nik Coleman
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      Makes for difficult reading, condolences to all.
      I have often thought over the years when browsing the CAA reports that 'low hours on type' were often the critical factor.
      So many times for example we read 'Commanders experience 12,000 + hrs (of which 7 were on type)' etc. Yet here we have an experienced aviator who came to grief with probably more P51 hours than many of his WW2 forebears could have ever achieved before their de-mob. Reading on, an 18,800 hr captain with over 1500hrs on type who concedes that a handling error was to blame for his Tiger Moth having an incident and yet on the other hand the case of Miss Velma............. Commanders experience 21,000 hrs (9 of which were on type) who executes a flawless textbook emergency landing.
      It probably goes to show that in what ever we do, when its misplaced we are all just a puff of wind away from glory or disaster. Hats off to you all Gents.
      Last edited by whalebone; 13th October 2017, 02:08.
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