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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18964
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Time:08:11 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:British Car Auctions
Registration: G-BBPV
MSN: 31-7305097
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Little Sandhurst, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Blackbushe, Hampshire (EGLK)
Destination airport:Stansted, Essex (STN)
Investigating agency: AIB
"The aircraft was en route from Blackbushe to Stansted when about three minutes after take-off it descended to aerodrome level and flew into some trees which were obscured by fog and low cloud. The aircraft caught fire and the pilot, the sole occupant, was killed.

There was no evidence of mechanical malfunction or failure of the aircraft. A post- mortem examination of the commander revealed that his coronary arteries were severely affected by atheroma, although there was no evidence to show that he suffered an acute incapacitation prior to the accident. The report concludes that although no cause for the descent into the ground could be definitely established, there is, however,sufficient medical evidence to support the theory that the commander suffered symptoms of coronary artery disease that were sufficiently serious to impair his ability to fly the aircraft."

Registration G-BBPV cancelled by the CAA on 2.1.1976 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
6. FLIGHT International, 24 January 1976 page 185:

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

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
23-Jun-2013 17:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Jun-2013 17:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Sep-2017 22:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2017 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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