Accident Yakovlev Yak-52 RA-44546, Saturday 11 August 2001
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Date:Saturday 11 August 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Yakovlev Yak-52
Registration: RA-44546
MSN: 889012
Year of manufacture:1988
Engine model:Ivchenko Vedeneyev M-14P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:1 mile North of Compton Abbas, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset (EGHA)
Destination airport:Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire (EGBP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Ex-LY-ALM: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 1-08-2001 when stalled and spun into the ground during practice aerobatics. The pilot (the sole person on board) was killed. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft took off from Runway 26 and was later seen to do one inverted pass along the runway before pulling up and carrying out a number of manoeuvres just to the north of the airfield. Observers stated that the aircraft remained clear of cloud and was in sight all the time.

After a few minutes, the aircraft was observed to pull up into a vertical climb from which a stall turn was carried out. After the stall turn was completed the pilot was heard to make a radio call advising "display complete" and stating that he would now be departing to Kemble. Then he pulled straight up into a second vertical climb at the top of which the aircraft was seen to begin a stall turn.

It was next observed to be in a spin and performed approximately four rotations before impacting the ground. A fire started immediately on impact and burned fiercely for some time. The local fire service arrived on the scene 15 minutes after receiving the emergency call, despite difficult access to the accident site"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft Destroyed".

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2001/8/1
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB:

Revision history:

11-Mar-2011 14:33 TB Added
17-Mar-2011 12:27 TB Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2013 17:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2013 17:00 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
18-Jul-2016 15:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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