Pilot crashes lovingly constructed Spitfire at East Yorkshire airfield

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Pilot crashes lovingly constructed Spitfire at East Yorkshire airfield

Pilot crashes lovingly constructed Spitfire at East Yorkshire airfield
2021-09-13 12:28:00
A pilot who lovingly reconstructed an iconic Spitfire plane crashed during a test flight. The experienced male pilot, 65, was testing the aircraft at Breighton Airfield near Howden on April 22. He had already carried out a number of test flights in the hope of gaining a ‘permit to fly’ for his pet project. For the latest East Yorkshire news click here But disaster ensued on landing when steering issues caused the plane to crash into a parked aircraft. Thankfully no one was injured. The incident was investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the report has just been published. The report said: “During a bounced ‘three-point’ landing the pilot applied momentary full rudder which caused the tailwheel steering to disengage. “The aircraft veered off the runway and struck a parked aircraft. This resulted in the propeller breaking and damage to the left wing.” The report say the pilot was performing its eleventh test flight since being built, with the purpose of achieving its Permit to Fly. The pilot reported flying his approach to Breighton Airfield’s grass Runway 10 at an airspeed of 80mph. HDM ERM PICTURE OF THE DAY 30-04-17 NOT MAIL COPYRIGHT PICTURE OF THE DAY SUBMISSION Evening at Breighton Airfield – from Ian Donaldson.(Untouched, unenhanced photo) (Image: Ian Donaldson) The report said: “The aircraft bounced slightly as it touched down on the runway, then settled on all three wheels, initially straight ahead. “Around 100m into its landing roll, it veered right. The pilot applied opposite rudder and brake, and thereafter a “burst of power” (with the intention of increasing the rudder’s effectiveness). However, the aircraft left the runway and struck a parked aircraft.” The Spitfire Mk 26 is a two seat reduced scale replica of the original Spitfire fighter aircraft. Each is manufactured as a kit for priv

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