Sunday, January 27, 2019

Aerotek Pitts S-2A Special, G-ODDS, Ultimate Aerobatics: Fatal accident occurred August 24, 2019 in Stonor, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

NTSB Identification: CEN19WA286
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Saturday, August 24, 2019 in Stonor Oxforshire, United Kingdom
Aircraft: Pitts S2, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of United Kingdom has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Pitts S2 airplane that occurred on August 24, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of United Kingdom's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of United Kingdom.

A top aerobatic pilot who taught Countdown’s Carol Vorderman to loop-the-loop has died while performing a mid-air stunt.

Emily Collett, 36, was practicing spins with Tom Castle, 30, when the Pitts S-2A two-seater crashed into a field.

Police said they were pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday near Stonor village in Oxfordshire.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch experts carried out an on-site examination yesterday before the light aircraft was lifted on to a low loader and driven to their Hampshire HQ.

Emily had earlier taken off from White Waltham airfield near Maidenhead, Berks, where she and husband Mike ran Ultimate Aerobatics. Both were pilots who competed as part of the British Aerobatics team.

Emily had learned her skills in the Pitts S-2A which crashed and taught TV’s Countdown legend Carol in it in July, 2017.

Carol posted snaps of the pair and wrote: “I loved doing the loop with this top woman Emily Collett . . . just brilliant x.”

In a haunting message on her website, ­Cambridge- educated Emily said of the plane: “She shows up all your mistakes, so that you quickly learn how to ­prevent them!”

Graeme Fudge, from the British Aerobatic Association, said: "Emily was an incredibly talented and highly experienced aerobatic pilot.

"A caring and considerate nature, Emily’s generosity in sharing her knowledge and time to help others was well known in the aerobatic community and beyond, helping many pilots achieve their goals.

"Emily will be sadly missed by all who knew her and our thoughts are with her family and friends who have lost a wonderful daughter, wife and friend."

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