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  • skyskooter
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2012
    • 414

    “Small biplane” crash

    BBC local news is reporting that a small biplane crashed in woods at Stonor near Henley on Thames resulting in fatal injuries to the pilot and passenger. The identity of the aircraft is not known but I am assuming that it is Historic.
  • Hooligan
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    • Mar 2017
    • 567

    #2
    A Pitts I believe.

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    • skyskooter
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Oct 2012
      • 414

      #3
      Yes, you are right. According to a report in the Sun today it was a Pitts S-2A out of White Waltham piloted by Emily Collett an instructor with Ultimate Aerobatics. Her pupil was Tom Castle. They were practicing spins when the two seater came down in a field near Stonor in Oxfordshire. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The AAIB has recovered the wreckage to Farnborough.

      Emily Collett had taught Carol Vorderman some manoeuvres in the same aircraft.

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      • SADSACK
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2000
        • 3485

        #4
        Very sad news RIP
        pb::

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        • Newforest
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Apr 2005
          • 8892

          #5
          https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/979694...lled-air-crash

          Confirmed as the Pitts. Many photos with the Sun. R.I.P.
          http://www.flightmemory.com/ I have been round the world 11.83 times!

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          • DH82EH
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2013
            • 535

            #6
            My heart aches for the families and loved ones.
            Deepest sympathies.

            Andy

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            • Lingo Dog
              Rank 3 Registered User
              • Oct 2018
              • 128

              #7
              I witnessed a similar accident off St. Michaels mount some years ago, also in a Pitts. I believe the cause was due to either a loose object or an unapproved fitment for it.

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              • J Boyle
                With malice towards none
                • Oct 2004
                • 9807

                #8
                RIP and condolences to friends and family.

                And to answer the question raised in the original post, yes, the Pitts is certainly historic.
                First flight in 1944.
                There are two sides to every story. The truth is usually somewhere between the two.

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                • Hooligan
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2017
                  • 567

                  #9
                  The crash off St Michael's Mount was a Steen Skybolt, its fire extinguisher exited the aircraft and was found on the roof of a pub in Marazion.

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                  • ChrisD
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Jul 2013
                    • 68

                    #10
                    Many condolences to all concerned. A great tragedy as always when this kind of thing happens. As an aside I was quite surprised that no- one appears to have mentioned on this thread that Emily was a much valued member of the Great War Combat Team & wife I believe of Mike Collett, Ex chief pilot of Air Atlantique.

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                    • Trolly Aux
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • May 2006
                      • 3855

                      #11
                      How sad for all concerned.
                      SMOKE SMOKE GO!
                      TA out

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                      • Nige
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Oct 2003
                        • 238

                        #12
                        Originally posted by ChrisD View Post
                        Many condolences to all concerned. A great tragedy as always when this kind of thing happens. As an aside I was quite surprised that no- one appears to have mentioned on this thread that Emily was a much valued member of the Great War Combat Team & wife I believe of Mike Collett, Ex chief pilot of Air Atlantique.
                        Different Mike Collet...

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                        • trumper
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                          • Aug 2003
                          • 6741

                          #13
                          R I P

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                          • ChrisD
                            Rank 5 Registered User
                            • Jul 2013
                            • 68

                            #14
                            Originally posted by Nige View Post

                            Different Mike Collet...
                            Thanks for correcting me on that Nige. I didn't realise we had two different pilots on the scene with the same name. My sincere apologies to all those concerned.

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                            • Propstrike
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Mar 2004
                              • 4010

                              #15
                              As a White Waltham flyer myself, accidents such as this are long-remembered, and the terrible loss of the Pitts crew now sits with a Tiger Moth, and and Stampe in the last decade. All hit the ground within 3 miles of Henley on Thames, all took two lives with them , and all spun to the ground. In 2005 Mark Walden ( BA, Concorde/747) crashed fatally in his aerobatic CAP222 on the edge of the airfield. Another spin. There are perhaps lessons to be learnt, but this thread is not the place for such contemplation.

                              Perhaps the most sobering realisation is that even great experience and competence will not guarantee that you will never beome a statistic. Emily Collett was at the top of the 'game' , but then so were Art Scholl ( accident whilst filming Top Gun 1982) and the renowned display pilot Stefan Karwowski, who were both lost in accidents when their Pitts failed to recover from spins.

                              Anyone who enters the aerobatic world does so with their eyes open, and makes a personal choice, and their right to make such a choice should be respected.

                              The price to be paid, though, can sometimes be so high, it is hard to bear.
                              Last edited by Propstrike; 27th August 2019, 14:26.

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                              • Lingo Dog
                                Rank 3 Registered User
                                • Oct 2018
                                • 128

                                #16
                                Originally posted by Hooligan View Post
                                The crash off St Michael's Mount was a Steen Skybolt, its fire extinguisher exited the aircraft and was found on the roof of a pub in Marazion.
                                You are quite right. Please forgive an old mans failing memory.

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                                • The Blue Max
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Mar 2005
                                  • 2127

                                  #17
                                  http://www.greatwardisplayteam.com/
                                  "I see something of the cobra in you Stachel!"

                                  Sywell Airshow 17th August 2014

                                  www.sywellairshow.co.uk

                                  www.Biggles-Biplane.com

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                                  • Hooligan
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Mar 2017
                                    • 567

                                    #18
                                    Thanks Blue Max, thinking of all of you affected by this accident.

                                    Brian Lecomber wrote eloquently about very nearly spinning in after the entry to a practice knife edged spin went wrong in his Extra 230 and he inadvertently applied the wrong recovery aileron; and there was also the Yak accident in Germany a few weeks ago.

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                                    • adrian_gray
                                      Which idiot let HIM in?
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 3013

                                      #19
                                      Greatly saddened to hear this. I have very fond memories of watching a Spitfire display at a Proms event at Stonor Park, and most years when we play cricket at Swyncombe we can see people aerobatting in the area.

                                      RIP

                                      Adrian
                                      "Snow clearing equipment has been found under snowdrift" - message sent from RNAS Hatston, Orkney, 1944.

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                                      • trumper
                                        Rank 5 Registered User
                                        • Aug 2003
                                        • 6741

                                        #20
                                        Seeing the human side of an accident,so sorry to everyone for their loss

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