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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27487
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:03:32 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P68 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Partenavia P.68
Owner/operator:Air Kilroe
Registration: G-BMCB
MSN: 156
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles from East Midlands Airport, near Castle Donnington, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGMX)
Destination airport:Manchester Airport (MAN/EGCC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Crashed shortly after take off from East Midlands Airport, whilst on a ferry/positioning flight back to the Air Kilroe base at Manchester. Aircraft came down 2 miles from East Midlands Airport near Castle Donnington, Derbyshire, and was destroyed by fire, killing the pilot (the sole person on board).

The subsequent AAIB investigation attributed the cause of the crash to instrument failure, particularly with the artificial horizon, due to water ingress into the instrument panel. Due to the fact that the aircraft was flying at night (3:30 am), there were no visual reference points, so the aircraft was being flown on instruments, which gave a false indication of the aircraft's attitude - G-BMCB was seen by eyewitnesses to have flown into the ground under full power, at a shallow angle

Registration G-BMCB cancelled by the CAA on 16/7/1991 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Oct-2012 11:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Oct-2012 11:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-Feb-2016 03:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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