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Last updated: 12 June 2021
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Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche
Owner/operator:George Douglas Gilbert
Registration: G-ARJI
MSN: 24-2666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, Woking, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, Woking, Surrey (EGTF)
Destination airport:Bournemouth Airport, Hurn, Dorset (BOH/EGHH)
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche G-ARJI: Written off (destroyed) 19 January 1965, when crashed on take off from Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, Woking, Surrey (EGTF), overturned and caught fire. All three persons on board were killed.

The aircraft was taking off at night for a private flight from Fairoaks to Bournemouth (Hurn) Airport and return. Take-off direction was westerly, along a flare-path consisting of gooseneck flares and electric glim lamps. There was little or no wind. The aircraft became airborne almost at the end of the 500 yard grass strip; shortly afterwards, the port wing struck an unlighted pole situated amongst the buildings on the boundary or the aerodrome, and part of the wing broke off. The aircraft passed through a row of trees and crashed inverted in a field. Fire broke out immediately and the three occupants were killed.

Per a contemporary report in "Flight International" magazine 28 January 1965:

"Accident at Fairoaks: A Piper Comanche 180, G-ARJI, bound for Hurn crashed at about 7 p.m. on January 19, shortly after taking off from Fairoaks aerodrome, Surrey. The aircraft is reported to have become airborne and to have dived into the ground, catching fire. The owner-pilot, Mr George Gilbert, and the two other occupants, Mr Ian Trethewey and Mr John Rule, were all killed. Tiger-Club member Ian Trethewey was a well known sporting pilot, often participating in air races and flying displays."

Registration cancelled by UK CAA same day as aircraft "destroyed", although only formally struck off the UK civil registration when "confirmed" on 28/2/1965


1. Accidents to Aircraft - A United Kingdom Survey for the year ended 31st December 1965
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) Files AVIA 101/388 and AVIA 101/391 to AVIA 101/395 inclusive:
3. FLIGHT International, 28 January 1965:
4. Daily Mirror - Wednesday 20 January 1965
6. G-ARJI at Blackbushe 5/11/61:
7. G-ARJI at Fairoaks November 1963:

Revision history:

05-Nov-2010 03:49 VHKDK Added
16-Mar-2011 01:17 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2012 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2013 08:53 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
02-Jun-2019 06:30 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Feb-2020 02:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Mar-2020 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Jul-2020 18:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Feb-2021 20:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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