2008 Farnborough plane crash


2008 Farnborough plane crash

Infobox Airliner accident
Name = 2008 Farnborough plane crash
Crash

Image caption =
Date = 30 March 2008
Type = Under Investigation
Site = Farnborough, Greater London , United Kingdom
coords = NGR TQ 438 649
Coord|51.3646|0.0671665
Origin = Biggin Hill, United Kingdom
Destination = Pau, France
Fatalities = 5
Injuries = 2 (on the ground)
Aircraft Type = Cessna Citation 501
Pilots = Mike Roberts, Michael Chapman
Operator = Ross Air
Tail Number = VP-BGE
Registered = Bermuda
Passengers = 3
Crew = 2
Survivors = 0
At 14:38 on 30 March 2008, a Cessna Citation 501 with five people on board crashed into a house at Farnborough (Kent) in the London Borough of Bromley , shortly after take off from Biggin Hill. There were no survivors among the five people on board. The racing drivers Richard Lloyd and David Leslie were killed in this accident.

Aircraft

The aircraft involved was a Bermudan -registered Cessna 501 Citation, registered VP-BGE, construction number 500-0287cite web | url = http://www.aaib.dft.gov.uk/cms_resources/2008%2D04%2D01%20%2D%20Cessna%20VP%2DBGE%20%2D%20AAIB%20statement%2Epdf| publisher = AAIB| title = Accident involving a Cessna aircraft (registration VP-BGE) at Farnborough, Kent on 30 March 2008 | accessdate = 2008-04-01

(PDF)] , built in 1975.cite web | url = http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20080330-0| publisher = Aviation Safety Network| title = Accident description| accessdate = 2008-04-04]

Final flight

.cite news | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7333425.stm| publisher = BBC News| title = Crash dead remembered at service| date = 2008-04-06 | accessdate = 2008-04-06]

Casualties

There were no physical injuries among residents of the street into which the plane crashed, although two people were later treated for shock.cite news|url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7321997.stm |publisher= "BBC News" |title= Experts probe fatal crash scene |date= 2008-03-31 |accessdate= 2008-03-31] Residents were mostly shocked that this had happened around their homes and thinking of the pilots and their kindness, sending prayers to their families.There were two pilots and three passengers on board.

Crew

* Mike Roberts, 63,cite web | url = http://www.kent-online.co.uk/news/default.asp?article_id=39624| publisher = Kent Online| title = Victims' families visit crash site| accessdate = 2008-04-04] commercial pilot and aircraft broker.cite web | url = http://flightconsultancyservices.com/contactus.html | publisher = Flight Consultancy Services | title = Contact Us | accessdate = 2008-03-31]
* Michael Chapman, 57, Chief Flying Instructor and co-founder of the Real Flying Company, Shoreham, Sussex.cite web | url = http://www.realflyingcompany.com/the_team.htm| publisher = The Real Flying Company| title = MEET THE TEAM| accessdate = 2008-03-31]

Passengers

* David Leslie, 54, former British Touring Car Championship driver and Eurosport commentator.cite news | url = http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3649187.ece| publisher = The Times| title = Five die as jet crashes into Farnborough homes| date = 2008-03-31 | accessdate = 2008-03-31] cite news | url = http://www.planetlemans.com/2008/03/30/david-leslie-and-richard-lloyd-killed-in-plane-accident/| publisher = Planet Le Mans| title = David Leslie and Richard Lloyd killed in plane accident| date = 2008-03-30 | accessdate = 2008-03-31] Leslie left a wife and two sons.cite web| url = http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/31032008/23/david-leslie-1953-2008.html| publisher = Eurosport| title = David Leslie: 1953-2008| date = 2008-03-31 | accessdate = 2008-04-06]

* Richard Lloyd, 63, former British Touring Car Championship and World Sportscar Championship driver and team owner of Apex Motorsport. Lloyd left a wife and three daughters.cite web| url = http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/buckingham-news/Family-pays-tribute-to-Richard.3952177.jp| publisher = The Advertiser| title = Family pays tribute to Richard Lloyd| date = 2008-04-05 | accessdate = 2008-04-06]

* Christopher Allarton, 25, data engineer for Apex Motorsport. Allarton had only been in his job for a week before he was killed.cite web| url = http://icliverpool.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0300nationalnews/tm_headline=father-in-tribute-to-air-crash-son&method=full&objectid=20701531&siteid=50061-name_page.html| publisher = Liverpool Echo| title = Father in tribute to air crash son| date = 2008-04-01 | accessdate = 2008-04-06]

Investigation

An Investigation has been opened by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). The National Transportation Safety Board, Federal Aviation Administration, Cessnacite news | url = http://www.ntsb.gov/pressrel/2008/080330.html| publisher = National Transportation Safety Board | title = NTSB ASSISTING IN BUSINESS JET ACCIDENT IN ENGLAND| date = 2008-03-30 | accessdate = 2008-03-31] and Pratt & Whitney Canada are assisting the AAIB in the investigation.

The preliminary report from the AAIB revealed that there was no debris found on the runway at Biggin Hill, and no evidence of a bird strike or foreign object damage to either of the engines.cite news | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/7366233.stm| publisher = BBC News Online | title = Co-pilot's final words revealed | accessdate = 2008-04-25]

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