ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186404
Last updated: 17 November 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic C303 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna T303 Crusader
Registration: G-BPZV
MSN: T303-00006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, 15 miles SE of Torquay, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Exeter Airport, Exeter, Devon (EXT/EGTE)
Destination airport:Guernsey Airport, Guernsey, Channel Isles (GCI/EGJB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
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"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Cessna T303 Crusader, Private JP6168784


Photo of G-BPZV courtesy

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

Revision history:

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]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description