Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-RVRF: Accident occurred July 29 2011 in Eccles, Greater Manchester - United Kingdom

A man who spent months in hospital after the light aircraft he was a passenger in crashed into houses in Greater Manchester has said he is looking forward to taking to the skies again.

Joel McNicholls was a passenger in the plane which crashed into two Salford houses on 29 July 2011. The pilot, Ian Dalglish, died from the injuries he received in the crash.

The 20-year-old said he had no memory of the crash, but did recall using "every ounce of energy trying to get out of the aeroplane".

He said he thought about the crash "every day when I look in the mirror, but that is the risk that you take when you go flying".

He added flying was "a feeling like no other" and that he would not let what happened stop him flying again.


Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk, G-RVRF 

 Registration:   G-RVRF

Type:  Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

Location:   Newlands Avenue, Eccles, Greater Manchester

Date of occurrence:   29 July 2011

Category:   General Aviation - Fixed Wing

Summary:      The aircraft suffered an engine stoppage on takeoff at approximately 200 ft, stalled, rolled more than 60ยบ to the left, crashed into houses and caught fire. Both occupants survived the impact and fire but the pilot succumbed to his injuries later in hospital. The most likely cause of the engine stoppage was stiffness of the fuel selector valve causing it to be in an intermediate position, reducing fuel flow to a level too low to sustain continuous engine operation.

Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk G-RVRF 04-12.pdf (3,492.89 kb) 

Two critical after aircraft crash

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