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Plane Crash Blamed On SatNav


Article by: rob brady
Date: 12 Jun 2017

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A satnav error has been blamed for a pilot crashing his light aircraft.

The GPS guidance system reportedly sent him to a landing strip that didn't exist in the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland.

The plane struck a wall and flipped over on landing suffering "substantial damage". The 53-year-old pilot, who holds a US flying licence, and his passenger, managed to escape unharmed.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) were told by navigation company Garmin that the location was "not in the current database".

The AAIB confirmed that it was not a recognised airfield saying: "The airfield the pilot was attempting to locate does not appear to exist."

It can be assumed that the pilot was using an old database.

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Posted by Kremmen on Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:53 pm Reply with quote

Using a vehicle SatNav in an aeroplane and he holds a pilots licence!!!


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Posted by smarty5927 on Mon Jun 12, 2017 6:42 pm Reply with quote

The article doesn't say anything about it being a vehicle satnav.

Garmin make a range of GPS based navigation systems for aircraft use, and like any other satnav systems, you need to keep the database up to date.


John


 
Posted by Kritou on Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:00 pm Reply with quote

I guess it's possible that the pilot or a third party had previously identified a suitable landing field and had inserted it as a phantom waypoint colocated to a known Garmin database fix - I have done similar in the past, but not at low level!

As a matter of interest early SatNavs were required by the FAA to have an 80knot speed limit in order to prevent misuse of handheld consumer units when airborne


 
Posted by IanS100 on Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:32 pm Reply with quote

smarty5927 Wrote:
The article doesn't say anything about it being a vehicle satnav.

Garmin make a range of GPS based navigation systems for aircraft use, and like any other satnav systems, you need to keep the database up to date.


John


I wonder if they'll take user poi and speed camera database Laughing


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