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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184375
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C303 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T303 Crusader
Owner/operator:Aerowest Flugcenter GmbH
Registration: D-IAFC
MSN: 303-00244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, approximately 9.5 nm south-east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Braunschweig, Germany, (EDVE)
Destination airport:Oxford Airport, Kidlington, Oxfordshire (EGTK)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 19-09-2006 when ditched into the North Sea, approximately 9.5 nautical miles south-east of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The pilot - the sole person on board - survived, albeit with serious injuries. Whilst on a cargo flight from Braunschweig, Germany, to Oxford, England, when approximately 30 nautical miles from the English coast, the right engine started to run roughly. Upon checking the fuel gauges, the pilot observed that they were indicating in the ‘red sector’. The right engine subsequently stopped, shortly followed by the left engine.

The aircraft then glided from FL 100 (10,000 feet) towards the Suffolk coast and ditched in the sea approximately 9.5 nautical miles southeast of Aldeburgh, Suffolk. The pilot was able to abandon the aircraft, which sank quickly. He was rescued from the sea some 18 minutes later by a Royal Air Force Search and Rescue helicopter and taken to hospital, where he was found to have suffered a fractured a vertebra.

The AAIB investigation determined that the aircraft had run out of fuel, due to insufficient fuel for the intended journey being on-board the aircraft at the start of the flight.


1. AAIB:
4. D-IAFC at Braunschweig, Germany 06-07-2006:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

11-Feb-2016 10:37 Vaclav Kudela Added
03-Sep-2016 22:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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