Mid-Air Collision near Shoreham

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Just been reported on BBC News Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-14021322
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mid-air collision near Shoreham Newforest The Argus newspaper report states that one of the two aircraft involved was a Diamond Star DA-40D owned and operated by Flying Time Ltd of Hove, East Sussex, quote: "It is believed the plane" [which crashed with fatal results]"belongs to Flying Time Aviation, a pilot training school based at the airport. The pilot of the damaged Diamond Star DA40 plane, also owned by Flying Time, managed to land at Shoreham Airport minutes after the collision" A quick check on the CAA database at G-INFO, lists only four such Diamond Star DA-40Ds owned by Flying Time Ltd: G-CCHD G-CCKH G-CDSF G-CEZR It therefore seems highly likely that the accident involved at least one (and possibly two) of the above four aircraft
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Posts on Flyer forum suggest unrelated (non-formation) on the crosswind leg

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Not really too concerned about the aircraft involved -they are replaceable-thoughts with the families and friends of those involved,

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''The first plane, which lost part of its rear section, is thought to have been a privately-owned Vans kit plane. The second, which landed safely, was reported to be a Diamond two-seater aircraft.'' Daily Telegraph 4 June
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Sad news and RIP. I always hate reading about mid-airs. I came close to having one once a few years ago and I know how lucky I am to still be here. My heart really does go out to them involved.
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Same here. A light aircraft passing 200 feet over your head in the opposite direction definitely causes parts of your body to contract. Farnborough, 'Do you have any traffic in our vicinity ?' 'Negative traffic Delta Oscar'. How does that happen?
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It really is a scary thing when it happens. Mine was similar to yours but with a diamond twin star coming towards me, but he wasnt far off of the same altitude as I was. That took a quick reaction and a few moments to compose ones self. We were both trying to navigate around a thunder shower at the time. About a month or so later 2 light aircraft collided at coventry (while I was flying) That broke my heart to see that all over the news.

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I rarely post here any more but this story really sticks in my throat. I flew down to the IOW yesterday and dropped in to Shoreham for some fuel for the journey home. As always Shoreham was busy, aircraft approaching from East and West, some joining overhead and some being allowed to join crosswind, it certainly crossed my mind a few times 'can you imagine if one of them cropped up on you out of the blue'. I could only do my best to look out how I've been taught, I still felt that if today is your day, then there might not be much you can do about it before it's too late. It's terrible news that almost exactly 24 hours later, someone in the very same place as me has met their fate in such an awful way. My thoughts are with all those involved.

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Really sad news. I get a uneasy feeling when I have not got all the circuit traffic,joins and deps visual and wish that pilots in command would ask for further info from air traffic to help locate the traffic.
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Extremely sad news Extremely sad news, condolences to those bereaved and may those past on RIP

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A 'version' of events in the Daily Mail A pilot managed to divert his plane from a busy town centre minutes before it nosedived and exploded in a 30 foot fireball. The man, a 63-year-old from the local area, had been involved in a mid-air collision with another small aircraft, causing his plane to lose its tail and crash land in a sports ground, narrowly missing a dog walker. The second plane managed to land safely after the accident near Shoreham Airport, close to Brighton in West Sussex, yesterday afternoon at 4.30pm. The crashed plane was thought to be a privately-owned Vans kit plane while the other was a Diamond two-seater model. A Sussex Police spokesman said the pilot appeared to avoid houses before the crash on to the Adur recreation ground. There were people in the area at the time but there were no casualties on the ground. : http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2011315/Pilot-dies-steers-plane-away-crash-landing-town-centre-following-mid-air-collision-West-Sussex.html#ixzz1RDQTeLh2
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Sad news. RIP and condolences to the family. :(

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Northern Aviators! Via Paul Kiddell "The owner of the beautiful Vans RV-7 that visited the GNFI late on the Sunday, Alan Weals, was tragically killed yesterday in a mid-air whilst doing the flt test of his friends RV at Shoreham yesterday. Aviation is such a small world… They did make it up to Unst after Eshott and enjoyed a 2000 mile flight."
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RIP and condolences to the family.
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A very "vulgarized" version if anything...

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as it doesn't seem to appear on AAIB web page.
Its in the AAIBs June 2012 Bulletin.