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Incident at Halfpenny Green

(1st May 2017)

As has been reported today in various media outlets, an incident involving WZ507 occurred on Sunday 30th April during departure from Halfpenny Green airfield.

During the take off roll, jet blast from the Vampire's Goblin engine caused significant sections of runway to detach and fly into the air behind the aircraft. Fortunately every piece of debris missed the Vampire, which did not even suffer a scratch. The pilot, who was completely unaware of the situation, safely continued the take off and later returned to Halfpenny Green, landing on a different runway.

A full report has today been submitted to the CAA.

Watch this video of the incident on YouTube, showing the runway breaking up as WZ507 departed from Halfpenny Green. The aircraft was completely undamaged and flew again later that day. Video copyright Graham Innes.

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