Friday, January 5, 2018

PZL-Bielsko SZD-51-1 Junior, G-CSFT, Coventry Gliding Club Ltd and Cessna 150L, G-CSFC, Go Fly Oxford Aircraft Rentals: Fatal accident occurred December 04, 2016 near The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth Airfield, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

'Further deaths will occur if changes aren't made after Leicestershire glider crash'

Diane Hocking is writing a report to the Civil Aviation Authority

John Armstrong, known as Chris, a former RAF group Captain who died in a crash in Husbands Bosworth

A coroner has warned that she fears there will be more air crashes if changes are not made.

Diane Hocking made the strong statement at the inquest into the death of Chris Armstrong who died in a crash near to Husbands Bosworth airfield.

There is currently no requirement for pilots to communicate with each other or have the same radios fitted.

Air traffic control in class G airspace is also not required as it is uncontrolled.

The area where the fatal crash occurred was class G.

At the inquest on Wednesday, Mrs. Hocking said: "I have to say I think we are all aghast that there is no requirement for communication between pilots, aircrafts and the ground.

"I can honestly not see how this could not happen again."

Mrs. Hocking will be writing a report to the Civil Aviation Authority calling for standardisation of these devices.

Representatives of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch told Mrs Hocking that a working group looked into the need for communication devices in aircraft.

Members of the group said that the devices should not be mandatory.

One concern for manufacturers is also the cost of the devices.

Mrs. Hocking said: "All I can say is that I fear that there will be a further death if these kinds of changes are not made.

"In my opinion further deaths will occur if this need is not asserted."

Original article ➤

Air Accidents Investigation Branch:

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA052A 
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in Husbands Bosworth, United Kingdom
Aircraft: PZL BIELSKO SZD51, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA052B
Accident occurred Sunday, December 04, 2016 in Husbands Bosworth, United Kingdom
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 4, 2016, about 1230 coordinated universal time, a PZL Bielsko SZD-51-1 glider, G-CSFT, and a Cessna 150L airplane, G-CSFC, collided in midair near Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, United Kingdom. The glider impacted terrain and the pilot was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage and landed at a nearby airport.

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the government of the United Kingdom. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained from the United Kingdom. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Farnborough House

Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1252 510300
Fax: +44 (0)1252 376999 

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