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Date02/07/1986
CasualtiesJim Hawkins, Dunsfold Deputy CTP
AircraftBritish Aerospace Hawk 200 (prototype) ZH200
Took off fromDunsfold, Surrey
Purpose of flightDemonstration flight
Incident locationDunsfold, Surrey
Incident detailsHaving completed a tight turn the aircraft pulled up into a vertical zoom climb and quarter roll. Pitching slowly over the top into inverted flight, the aircraft then began a series of erratic rolls of 10 to 15 degrees to left and right while the nose continued to drop into a steepening inverted dive, eventually passing through the vertical and back into erect flight, though still diving. The aircraft impacted while still 25 degrees nose down, at 300kt. The pilot is thought to have blacked out (G-LOC) during the zoom climb.
Web linkAviation Safety Network entry


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