Veteran Aircraft Burst Into Flames in Henderson Executive Plane Crash

A single engine plane crash south of Henderson Executive Airport. The plane crash, which happened around a quarter mile south of the airfield, is being investigated by the officials.

According to Kathleen Richards from Henderson Fire Department, the report for the crash came at around 12:00 PM on Monday.

There was only one person on board the plane, the pilot, at the time of the crash, and no injuries have been reported.

Aircraft is described to be a vintage plane, known as an RAF Strikemaster jet by Christine Crews with McCarren International Airport.

As per representatives from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the reason that led to plane crash is still not known, which happened right after take off from Henderson Executive Airport.

Witnesses describe the plane crash as bursting into flames right after impact.

According to a statement released by Blue Air Training the aircraft was a single-engine, BAC-167 Strikemaster tactical jet.

The aircraft is used to provide close air support for military members.

Interim Report on Mount Gambier Plane Crash Shows No Emergency Calls

On the other side of the globe, an official report on plane crash at Mount Gambier shows that the pilot of the aircraft did not made any emergency call as it lost altitude and crashed into a paddock.

The pilot along with a Mount Gambier mother and daughter died in the crash.

Australian Transportation Safety Bureau revealed that, a number of deviations were made by the pilot Grant Gilbert to move out from the foggy conditions.

On the morning of June 28th, the aircraft, TB-10 Tobago, landed at Mount Gambier from Murray Bridge.

Mr Gilbert was 78 years old and was a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a charity which helps residents to reach medical assistance. Gilbert was assigned the task to fly Mount Gambier mother, 43 year old Tracy Redding and her teenage daughter, 16 year old Emily to Adelaide.

The interim report states that the Mount Gambier airport was surrounded by intense fog and the visibility was quite poor when the plane was coming in to land at around 10:08 am.

For the majority of the flight, the airplane maintained a steady altitude of 4,500 feet. However, at around 42 km from Mount Gambier there was a decrease in altitude and a significant deviation from the planned route.

The airplane made many low altitude pass over the airport, including an attempt to land, before it finally landed on runway 29 at around 10:08 am.

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After refuelling, the plane took off again at around 10:20 am for a return trip. Just a minute later the plane crashed into a paddock at Suttontown on the outskirts of Mount Gambier.

It was not mandatory for the plane to be fitted with a cockpit voice recorder or flight data recorder and the portable locator beacon was found to be inactive in the cockpit.

It is expected that the final report will be release in a years time.

The maintenance records of the aircraft, the flying credential and experience of Mr. Gilbert and the use of private charter flights will all be examined among other things.

Source: Adelaidenow, NEWS3LV

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