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Spitfire PS890 (UM-E) crashed today

Postby Admin (Philstyle) » Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:52 pm

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Re: Spitfire PS890 (UM-E) crashed today

Postby No.401_Wolverine » Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:36 pm

Yikes. Hopefully the pilot's head and neck are okay. Also hope the person in the crowd who was hit by prop shards is okay.

Ready for some speculation?

That looks like there could have been a brakes issue. Either there was a problem with the hydraulics that didn't release the brake properly or the pilot didn't have the brakes fully released before he opened up the throttle (or put on too much brake during taxiing). Was that a taxi way or a take-off roll? Article says takeoff, but that seems awfully close to the public for a runway.

If it was taxi way, then brakes hydraulic issue or pilot error (too much throttle or too much brake)....
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Re: Spitfire PS890 (UM-E) crashed today

Postby EAF79_Topsy » Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:11 pm

To keep on speculating :

It could also be the ground being softer and heavier than expected or tyre pressure too low, both factors would help the aircraft to tilt forward as would the brakes not being fully released. Although everything happens very quickly it does seem that the starboard oleo was more compressed than on port, which I guess is caused by resistance to prop rotation. With the big prop there is little ground clearance, so it could also just be a dip in the grass and once the prop bit the turf the rest is difficult to avoid.

Anyhow it will be interesting to hear what the pilot Christophe Jacquard has to say about the accident.
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Re: Spitfire PS890 (UM-E) crashed today

Postby EAF602_Puff » Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:50 pm

Or it could be, he has watched numerous videos of the EAF practicing take offs and followed suit?
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