Pilot was distracted before fatal crash at Sibson Airfield

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A PILOT who died after his plane hit power lines may have been unaware that the lines were there, an air accident report has said.

Clive Greenaway, 52, from Stratford-upon-Avon, died when his plane came down in fields near Sibson Airfield on September 2 last year.

A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch released today (Thursday) said Mr Greenaway’s “unfamiliarity with the airfield” and “distraction due to a departing aircraft in front” were contributing factors in the crash.

It also said the runway had in use what is known as a displaced threshold - an area beyond the normal end of the runway - to provide an approaching aircraft with adequate clearance from the transmission lines, the report found.

But evidence suggested Mr Greenway approached to the start of the prepared runway surface.

He had flown to Sibson from Long Marston Airfield in Warwickshire.

The aircraft - a Bolkow 208C Junior - came down close to the A1 - a section of which had to be closed for several hours following the crash.

The report said the lack of evidence of any technical failure suggested Mr Greenaway would have been able to avoid flying on to the power transmission line.

The report said: “It is possible that he was unaware of its [the power line] presence when he commenced his approach.

“Even if the pilot had been aware of the presence of the power transmission line, the cables would have been difficult to see.”

The report also stated that Mr Greenaway was not given the usual briefing on operating to the airfield.

It said that several safety actions have been taken or proposed as a result of this accident.

Sibson Airfield declined to comment on the report.