Colin Hales’ Ja­pan crash

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Colin Hales’ at­tempt to fly around the world has been cut short by a forced land­ing in Ja­pan, in­jur­ing him and writ­ing off the KR2

Bri­tish pi­lot and air­craft en­gi­neer Colin Hales’ flight around the world in his home­built KR2 Itzy was brought to an end on 11 July when the air­craft was se­verely dam­aged in a forced land­ing on a golf course in Ja­pan. Colin’s air­craft came to grief at the Hime­ji­aioi Coun­try Club in Hyogo Pre­fec­ture in west­ern Ja­pan. Aerial footage shows the air­craft rest­ing against an em­bank­ment in a con­fined area close to a build­ing, its fuse­lage bro­ken in half and one wing folded un­der the other.

Hav­ing faced al­most nine months of bu­reau­cratic de­lay after land­ing in Ja­pan last Novem­ber fol­low­ing an epic flight across Rus­sia (de­scribed by Colin in an ar­ti­cle pub­lished in Pi­lot in May) he had taken off four hours ear­lier from an air­port in cen­tral Ja­pan and cov­ered 350 miles when he came down due to some un­spec­i­fied prob­lem (“it was not the en­gine” he has since said on his web­site). Ac­cord­ing to the Osaka Avi­a­tion Bureau, Colin was head­ing for Okanan Air­field hav­ing taken off from Ni­igata Air­port ear­lier in the day. We un­der­stand that al­though Colin va­cated the wreck­age un­aided and was able to walk to the club­house, he was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal and is now un­der­go­ing treat­ment for frac­tured ver­te­brae and other in­juries. Colin’s friend Zanna Mck­ail has set up a Justgiv­ing Face­book page aimed at rais­ing funds to pay for his med­i­cal treat­ment in Ja­pan https//www. justgiv­­fund­ing/colin-hales

Sport­ing a beanie hat he’d bought in Ice­land ‘as a bit of a joke’ Colin stands be­side his home­built KR2

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