Sunday 08 December 2013 15:14 UTC
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Saw the aircraft on the way down. Engine failure - fairly obviously I guess - coughed once or. Twice and then just cut out leaving the pilot to dead stick it down to the west of the A10 . Impressive emergency services response, we must have heard a dozen different sirens attending.
A couple of Waltham Pilot's heard the incident whilst enroute from Panshanger to Waltham.
It seems they were working F'Boro when an aircraft that had not previously been working F'Boro came up on frequency saying something like "engine failure - enroute Elstree - crashing".
AIUI, F'Boro tried to call the aircraft to ask who and where he was - but he didn't reply. Several aircraft came up on F'Boro's frequency asking for the location of the incident and offering to help, but F'Boro told them the aircraft had not been working them - and they had been unable to get a location from the aircraft.
Glad they appear to be ok.
Hi All some basic facts.
We were just released by Essex Radar "squawk 7000 and suggest FB 132.80" We were in Stansted zone and had just come out, We changed to 7000 flicked to 132.8 and I was waiting for a gap in comms and my colleague was just establishing our precise position when the engine coughed and spluttered. The first call I made was Mday Mday Mday GCGRE C172 2 POB engine rough running looking for field might try and get to Elstree. Fboro were asking for a position but we couldn't gibe a definite landmark Gave golf course and other location of 5 Miles north of Prohbited zone. From 1500 you don't have a lot of choice and alot of landmarks to pick.
In hindsight I should have hit ident. (Isn't hindsight wonderful!!)
When on the ground tried to raise FBoro on Handheld then went 121.5 and spoke to a Ryanair pilot. Couldn't give location other than a field!! Gave them Casualty info, ie Both alive one more injured than the other.
Retrieved the handheld GPS found it worked and Rang 112 and gave location of GPS to them when a golfer (Alex, Thank you Alex) turned up and I gave phone to him to help establish where we were,
Thanks to all involved who helped and tried to help and may it not happen to anyone EVER.
THE PIC did the deadstick landing and did an ace job considering the fences and trees in our path, He saw a gap in the tress and took us through it.
http://www.hertfordshiremercury.co.uk/H ... 082012.htm
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