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Pilot Attempted A Loop The Loop Maneuver In A Yak 52 100 Feet AGL Is Killed

March 30, 2014 - On Saturday about 3 PM local time a Aerostar Yak 52 crashed shortly after takeoff from North Weald Airfield, Essex, England killing its pilot and passenger after the pilot attempted to perform a loop-the-loop maneuver 100 feet above ground level.

The pilot and passenger have been identified. The pilot was Andrew Sully, 50 who was a senior first officer with British Airways and passenger Simon Chamberlain, 29. The Soviet made aerobatic training aircraft crashed in a field in Crooksmill Green, Essex.

Witnesses near the crash site reported seeing the pilot attempt a "loop the loop" maneuver 100 feet AGL when the Yak 52 nosedived into the ground and then burst into flames.

An attempt by residents and first responder to get the pilot and passenger out of the plane was attempted but failed due to the heat and fire coming from the aircraft. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

It was reported that Chamberlain who is a regular at the airport was at the airport when he accepted an impromptu invitation to fly with Sully in his two seats Yak 52 aircraft. The Yak 52 which is powered by 360 hp Vedeneyev M14P 9-cylinder radial engine was first introduced into the market in 1976.


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