Accident Cessna FR.172E Rocket (Reims) G-AVXX,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32543
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Date:Saturday 11 January 1992
Time:11:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna FR.172E Rocket (Reims)
Owner/operator:Goldensimple Ltd
Registration: G-AVXX
MSN: 172-0013
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Clough Head, St Johns in the Vale, near Keswick, Cumbria -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Newcastle Airport, Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (NCL/EGNT)
Destination airport:Carlisle Airport, Cumbria (EGCA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 11th January 1992 this aircraft took off from Newcastle at around 10.44 hours for a flight to Carlisle with the pilot and three passengers. They were intending on flying roughly south west and over the Pennines in the Kirby Stephen area before heading west across the Lake District and then north to Carlisle. Visibility was poor around the Keswick area and the pilot opted not to attempt to fly through the freezing fog but to turn east following the A66 road.

The aircraft struck the ground while climbing and crashed onto the cloud covered Clough Head, at St Johns in the Vale, near Keswick, Cumbria, and overturned. Remarkably all survived with three of the four sustaining minor injuries. The four men made their way off the mountain and down to the Old Coach Road where they were met a farmer. The aircraft was reasonably intact after the crash and it is believed that it was lifted off the mountain by helicopter. Today no trace of the aircraft remains.

Pilot - Mr John Crowther, of Cleadon, Sunderland. Minor injuries.
Passenger - Mr Terry Dixon, of Beaumont Park, Hexham. Broken leg.
Passenger - Mr Peter Doyle, of Bill Quay, Hepburn, Newcastle. Minor injuries.
Passenger - Mr Norman Cassidy, of Whickham, Newcastle. Minor injuries.

Registration G-AVXX cancelled by the CAA on 7th January 1994 (two years later) as aircraft "destroyed"

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


1. AAIB Final Report:
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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
19-Jan-2015 23:32 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, Damage, Narrative]
25-Jan-2020 15:58 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Sep-2020 23:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source]

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