Accident Beechcraft B55 Baron G-AZZJ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17881
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Date:Friday 4 January 1974
Time:19:23 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft B55 Baron
Owner/operator:Rowlen and Company (Holdings) Ltd
Registration: G-AZZJ
MSN: TC-1171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pavis Wood, Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Birmingham Airport (BHX)
Destination airport:Leavesden, Watford, Hertfordshire
Investigating agency: AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
"The aircraft was making a private flight at night from Birmingham to Leavesden (near Watford). As it approached a ridge of high ground on the northern slopes of the Chiltern Hills the aircraft lights were seen below cloud. It was apparently flying normally but at a low altitude. Shortly afterwards it collided with the high ground, exploded, caught fire and was destroyed . The pilot and his passenger were killed.

The weather at the time of the accident was overcast with low cloud, strong southerly winds and rain. Attempts to provide the pilot with radar surveillance had been unsuccessful because of precipitation clutter. It is concluded that the accident was caused by the pilot attempting to complete the flight in adverse conditions at too low a height to ensure safe terrain clearance."

Registration G-AZZJ belatedly cancelled by the CAA 11/9/1981

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
07-Sep-2012 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2015 02:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Narrative]
06-Jul-2015 02:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
05-Jun-2023 06:54 Ron Averes Updated [[Date]]

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