Saturday, July 14, 2012

Cessna 150 Aerobat: Loss of power - Newcastle Airfield in Co Wicklow, Ireland

Two men had a lucky escape last night when their light aircraft lost power and crashed into a ditch.

The pair, who have not been named, had been conducting test flights of a 36-year-old Cessna 150 Aerobat plane at the Newcastle airfield, Co Wicklow, when the crash occurred.

They had completed a 10-minute flight and had just taken off for a second test flight at around 8pm when the plane began to lose power.

An emergency landing was attempted but the aircraft came down short of the runway at the small airfield. It then crashed into a ditch. There was damage to the plane but both men were uninjured.

The 748kg aircraft was built in 1976 and is registered in the UK to a British company.

A spokesman for the Air Accident Investigation Unit said that the plane had been transported to a hangar and would be inspected today.

He said that an investigation into the incident would be launched. Gardai and a number of fire engines were dispatched to the scene as a precaution.

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Air accident investigators to probe Wicklow plane crash 

 MEMBERS OF THE Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) are to investigate the crash of a small plane in Co Wicklow yesterday evening.

Two people were traveling in the two-seater, single engine Cessna 150 when it crashed on the southern boundary of Newcastle Airfield in Co Wicklow at around 7pm last night.

Neither of the two occupants were injured in the crash which is believed to have badly damaged the plane.

An investigator from the Department of Transport’s AAIU attended the scene of the crash last night and is returning this morning with a colleague to carry out a full investigation.

Newcastle Airfield is a private airfield with a 690 metre runway and is licensed by the Irish Aviation Authority.

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