The government recently investigated an airplane crash that took place in St Albans last year.
The incident took place at Plaistows Farm on Chiswell Green Lane on Sunday, January 30, 2021.
According to a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch, the aircraft veered to the right as it took off, “narrowly missing a person, a hangar, power cables and a farm building”.
The engine stopped at around 100ft and the airplane hit the ground.
As a result, the pilot experienced injuries to his back. He said that he had been unable to control the plane due to a control restriction.
The report concluded: “No evidence of a control restriction was found, and it is considered that flight just above the stall speed, resulting in a poor response from the flying control surfaces, was the probable the cause of the control issues experienced by the pilot. The engine stopped due to overheating of the rear cylinder, but no cause could be found for this.”
The condition of the aircraft was “poor” and the pilot failed to provide evidence that it had been regularly maintained.
The full report can be found here.
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