AAIB investigation to Vickers Armstrongs Ltd, Spitfire IX, G-BRRA

Engine failure and forced landing at Biggin Hill Airport on 1 August 2015.


The aircraft had just taken off when the pilot heard the engine ‘cough’, followed shortly afterwards by a substantial loss of power. He force-landed the aircraft back within the airfield perimeter but it was badly damaged when it struck a line of trees. The engine has not been fully examined although a defect involving an engine inlet valve was noted.

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Vickers Armstrongs Ltd Spitfire IX, G-BRRA 03-16

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Published 10 March 2016