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HERNE BAY:  Temporary flying site

Spectators rush into the sea to rescue the pilot
Spectators rush into the sea to rescue the pilot

Note: Picture scanned from the AAIB report EW/C2016/08/03 




Location: Along the beach front

Period of operation:  14th August 2016



 

NOTES:  This site is just one example of many coastal locations where air-shows are held to entertain the crowds during the summer. Notable on this occassion when one of three Tiger Club Druine D.31 Turbulents (G-ARNZ) suffered engine failure when a piece of a balloon it had just burst became lodged in the carburettor, and, when it ditched in shallow water just off the beach the aircraft flipped inverted trapping the pilot.

By sheer good fortune members of the public rushed into the water to rescue the pilot and had the aircraft righted in about twenty seconds. Had the pilot ditched in deeper water it is fairly certain that he would have drowned as he was wearing a lifejacket totally unsuitable for use in aircraft in as much as it automatically inflated when in contact with water. The effect being to trap the pilot in his upturned cockpit, despite it being an open cockpit.



 

 

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