Reports from the UK are saying a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk. IXc has crashed shortly after losing power on takeoff from Biggin Hill. The aircraft (MK912) was piloted by former RAF test pilot Dan Griffiths for a routine test flight preparing for the upcoming Battle of Britain commemoration display. The Spitfire experienced a loss of power shortly after takeoff and Griffiths made a forced landing. The aircraft came to rest inside the airport grounds along Main Road suffering significant damage. Griffiths is reported to be in the hospital with a shoulder injury.
The Spitfire belongs to Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, who plan to repair the aircraft. MK912 was one of 31 airworthy Spitfires left in the UK today, of which nine are currently owned by Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. The Battle of Britain commemoration will continue as planned for September 18 of this year.
Another pic of Spitfire that crashed at Biggin Hill earlier today pic.twitter.com/WGWY1mlHSA
— Khurram Farooq (@khurramfarooq) August 1, 2015