ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89068
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Narrative:Written off (damaged beyond repair) 13-01-2011 when a fuel leak in the cockpit ignited. Accoarding to a contemporary press report (see link #3):
|Date:||Thursday 13 January 2011|
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Knighton Farm, Inkberrow, near Redditch, Worcestershire -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire (EGBW)|
|Investigating agency: ||AAIB|
|Confidence Rating:|| Accident investigation report completed and information captured|
"FIREFIGHTERS say that a pilot is lucky to have escaped injury or worse as the light aircraft he was flying caught fire this morning, forcing him to make a controlled landing in a farmer’s field in Knighton, just outside Inkberrow, near Redditch.
Following an alert at around 10.50am, two pumps from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, both from Redditch, attended along with two pumps from neighbouring Warwickshire, and on arrival at the scene, firefighters found a fuel spillage and a small fire in the cockpit which had already been extinguished.
The pilot was unhurt as a result of the incident, but was checked at the scene by ambulance personnel as a precaution.
Phil Griffiths, station commander at Redditch Fire Station said: “The pilot did really well to land the aircraft safely, especially considering it was fully loaded with fuel at the time.”
He confirmed that there had been a small amount of damage to a fence at the farm as the aircraft came down and that investigation into the cause of the fire was underway. Police also attended and the Civil Aviation Authority was informed.Firefighters left the scene once they were sure there was no further risk of fire, and the aircraft was later recovered."
UPDATE; According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident...
"The pilot departed Wellesbourne Airfield at around 10:20 hours for a local flight. After approximately 20 minutes of normal flight, the pilot moved his foot from the rudder pedal and heard a noise similar to the sound of stepping in a puddle. He reached down to the footwell and felt several millimetres of fluid, which smelt of fuel.
The pilot considered that he should land the aircraft as quickly as possible and selected a suitable field. During the landing roll, the aircraft hit a wire fence, there was a simultaneous flash in the aircraft cabin and the fuel ignited. The pilot moved across the passenger seat, out of the door and then from the wing onto the ground.
The aircraft continued to roll for a further 50 ft, before coming to rest. The interior of the aircraft continued to
burn fiercely, until a halon fire extinguisher fitted within the cockpit exploded and extinguished the fire. The pilot
was not injured."
Aircraft severely damaged, and later deemed to be an insurance write off. Registration G-BCDJ cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 04-08-2011
1. AAIB: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/Piper%20PA-28-140%20Cherokee,%20G-BCDJ%2007-11.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
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|Investigating agency: ||AAIB |
|Report number: || |
|Status: ||Investigation completed|
|Download report: || Final report|
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