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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18947
Last updated: 18 April 2019
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Date:23-SEP-1969
Time:c. 15:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Newcastle Aero Club
Registration: G-AVYN
C/n / msn: 28-4662
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ashford Gill Head, Gouthwaite Moor, near Pateley Bridge, Yorks. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Leeds Bradford (LBA/EGNM)
Destination airport:Newcastle (NCL/EGNT)
Narrative:
The aircraft was being flown by a student pilot on a Visual Flight Rules (VFR) flight from Newcastle airport to Leeds/Bradford airport and return. The aircraft left Leeds-Bradford at 14:42 hours local time. Sixteen minutes after taking-off from Leeds/Bradford airport to return to Newcastle at approx. 15:00 hours, the student pilot called the Royal Air Force station at Leeming for a radio bearing. He was told that the direction finding facilities were not available.

The acknowledgement of this message at 15:03 hours was the last radio call from the aircraft. Soon afterwards it crashed in bad weather on high ground and the student was killed.

After a two-day search, the wreckage of G-AVYN was found at 1,640 feet amsl, and eight miles west of its intended track, 17 miles north of Leeds-Bradford Airport, at Ashford Gill Head, Gouthwaite Moor, near Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire.

There was no fire. The report concludes that the accident was due to an inexperienced pilot continuing his flight too far into deteriorating weather and colliding with high ground. Inadequate supervision of the pre-flight planning was a contributory factor. The AAIB report names the pilot as "Mr. A.P.Teare", and states that the time of the accident was "unknown - but probably between 15:05 and 15:20 hours"

In October 2011 much of the wreckage was still to be seen at the crash site. Registration G-AVYN cancelled by the UK Civil Aviation Authority 8/1/70 as "aircraft destroyed"

Sources:

1. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AVYN.pdf
2. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422efe640f0b613460002ef/13-1971_G-AVYN.pdf
3. http://peakwreckhunters.blogspot.com/2008/10/piper-cherokee-pa-28-180-g-avyn_2444.html
4. http://www.allenby.info/aircraft/planes/dales/avyn.htm
5. http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/crash_sites/pennines/piper-cherokee-g-avyn-ashfold-gill-head/
6. Pictures of wreckage at https://www.flickr.com/p/8wkv7u and https://flickr.com/photos/pasujoba44/4937285221/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
15-Jan-2012 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Aug-2012 16:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
06-Oct-2012 07:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Jul-2013 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Jul-2013 00:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
17-Oct-2015 17:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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