Investigators find cause of Navy Wings Sea Fury crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has concluded its inquiry into a crash of a Hawker Sea Fury T Mk 20.

The aircraft, G-RNHF (serial ES3615) owned by the Navy Wings Collection, crashed while returning to RNAS Yeovilton following a low engine oil pressure indication on April 28, last year.

According to investigators, both pilots escaped without serious injury.

The aircraft struck the ground approximately 0.5nm from the threshold of runway 04.
The aircraft struck the ground approximately 0.5nm from the threshold of runway 04. Defence Accident Investigation Branch


Flight history

The Bristol Centaurus XVIII-powered aircraft was prepared for a training flight for the front sea pilot with a pilot not rated on the Sea Fury in the rear seat for familiarisation.

After strapping in, the pilot completed the pre-start process, and the engine was started using electrical external power.

After completing power checks for the engine, the pilot began taxiing the aircraft to runway 04 at RNAS Yeovilton around 1300hrs. After completing the pre-take-off checks and a final briefing, the aircraft approached the final hold position.

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