UPDATE: Mid-air collision investigation findings

Shoreham Airport, as seen fom Mill Hill
Shoreham Airport, as seen fom Mill Hill

THE model aircraft pilot involved in a mid-air collision was acting lawfully, investigations suggest.

As a member of the British Model Flying Association, the national governing body for the sport of model flying, the pilot has reported Thursday’s incident to its head office.

The model aircraft being flown from Mill Hill was in collision with a light aircraft as it approached Shoreham Airport at 11.35am.

No one was injured, although the light aircraft suffered some damage before it landed safely.

Manny Williamson, the association’s development officer, said: “The pilot of the model aircraft has submitted a detailed report on the incident to the BMFA head office, this has been passed on to the AAIB for investigation.

“At this time, all indications are that the model flying was taking place in accordance with the local agreements and in a completely lawful manner.

At this time, all indications are that the model flying was taking place in accordance with the local agreements and in a completely lawful manner

Manny Williamson, British Model Flying Association development officer

“The location is an established model flying site and model flying takes place with the full knowledge and agreement of Shoreham Airport.

“At this time we have advised BMFA members that model flying should continue on the site.”

Mill Hill is a public site with unpowered model use limited to 50ft over the top of the hill, due to the slope’s close proximity to Shoreham Airport.

It is one of the best-known slopes in West Sussex and model aircraft pilots come from miles around to use it.

Flying from Mill Hill was suspended by Sussex Police while investigations took place. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch, which is part of the Department for Transport, is working ‘by correspondence’.

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