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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186404
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:01-MAY-1992
Time:17:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic C303 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T303 Crusader
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BPZV
MSN: T303-00006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:English Channel, 15 miles SE of Torquay, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Exeter Airport, Exeter, Devon (EXT/EGTE)
Destination airport:Guernsey Airport, Guernsey, Channel Isles (GCI/EGJB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (destroyed) 1-5-1992 when ditched and sank into the English Channel, 15 miles South East of Torquay, Devon, after smoke in the cockpit was seen coming from the right hand instrument panel along with acrid fumes. The pilot initially elected to returned to Exeter airport. However, when the pilot realized that he would probably be overcome by the smoke and/or fumes before he could get back to Exeter, he decided to initiate a controlled ditching 15 miles south east of Torquay.

The aircraft floated for some 90 seconds before taking in water and sinking, which was enough time for the pilot and his passenger to leave the aircraft and take with them their life jackets and the life raft. Having transmitted a MAYDAY call to Exeter ATC, giving his position, a full scale search and rescue operation was launched, and the two survivors were recovered after around 45 minutes by a SAR helicopter from RAF Chivenor. They had sustained only slight injuries in the ditching.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "aircraft damaged during ditching then sank". As a result, the registration G-BPZV was cancelled by the CAA on 19-6-1992 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/54230414e5274a1317000c71/Cessna_T303_Crusader__G-BPZV_07-92.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BPZV

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

Media:

Cessna T303 Crusader, Private JP6168784

Images:

Photo of G-BPZV courtesy AirHistory.net


Cranfield (EGTC)
10 June 1990; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Apr-2016 23:25 Dr.John Smith Added
13-Apr-2016 23:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Apr-2016 23:28 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Apr-2016 23:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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