Accident Schempp-Hirth SHK-1 BGA 1390,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 29782
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Date:Sunday 9 June 1968
Type:Schempp-Hirth SHK-1
Owner/operator:Lucky Seven Entertainments Ltd
Registration: BGA 1390
MSN: 44
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Doncaster Airfield, Doncaster, South Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Doncaster, South Yorkshire(EGCI)
Destination airport:Doncaster, South Yorkshire (EGCI)
Investigating agency: AIB
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The glider crashed on launch at Doncaster Airfield - EGCI, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The aircraft reportedly broke up in flight at low altitude, and the pilot was killed. According to a contemporary report in "Yorkshire Air News" (June 1968)(see link #2): "on 9/6 the pilot of a 'German Glider' was killed when the wings fell off at 500 feet over Doncaster Aerodrome"

Additional: When SZD-24-4A Foka 4, G-DBZZ crashed on 8/8/2010, the official AAIB report made a passing reference to the crash of BGA 1390, quote...

"In June 1968 an SHK 1 glider, registration BGA 1390 crashed, fatally injuring the pilot, at Doncaster Aerodrome, UK. During rigging the bevel bolts jammed against the lugs of the opposite wing due to misalignment; this was at less than the requisite number of turns on the operating mechanism. The wings separated from the fuselage during the subsequent winch launch". (see link #4 below)

The pilot of BGA 1390 is not named, but he was also the owner of Fournier RF-4D G-AVWY, which was registered to "Lucky Seven Entertainments Ltd", of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, from 7/3/1968. With the death of the pilot, the executors of his estate put G-AVWY up for sale, and it was sold on to new owners 15/8/1968. It is therefore logical to presume that the two aircraft were registered to the same company at this time (mid 1968).


2. Yorkshire Air News June 1968:
3. Yorkshire Air News July 1968:
4. (page 65)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
19-Dec-2012 13:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Nov-2013 12:36 Alpine Flight Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 20:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 20:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
07-Aug-2015 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
29-Nov-2020 01:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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