Accident Piper L-18C Cub G-BPJH,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32027
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Date:Tuesday 20 August 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper L-18C Cub
Registration: G-BPJH
MSN: 18-1980
Year of manufacture:1952
Engine model:Continental C90-14F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Maze Racecourse, Lisburn, County Down, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Draperstown, Londonderry
Destination airport:Newtownards Airport, Newtownards, County Down (EGAD)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Substantially damaged 20 August 2002 when crashed in a forced landing (due to engine failure) at Maze Racecourse, Lisburn, County Down, Northern Ireland. According to the following extract from the official AAIB investigation into the accident:

"It was planned to conduct a ferry flight from a private airstrip at Draperstown, Londonderry, to Newtownards airfield, where the aircraft was to undergo maintenance prior to the renewal of its Permit-to-Fly. Because the aircraft had flown very little during the preceding months, it was decided to drain the fuel tanks, and replenish them with 50 litres of Avgas, which was supplied by the engineer who was to conduct the maintenance.

Approximately 30 minutes into the flight, whilst cruising at 1,800 feet with a power setting of approximately 2,300 rpm, the engine began to run roughly and then stopped.

The pilot carried out a forced landing on the Maze Racecourse. In order to avoid a number of people who were walking on the course, the pilot applied left brake. This caused the aircraft to deviate left and resulted in the left wing tip contacting a fence. The aircraft subsequently slewed through the fence and into a ditch at the side of the course, tipping onto its nose in the process. The pilot was uninjured and exited the aircraft through the normal door"

Damage sustained to G-BPJH: Damage to cabin roof, wing spar and engine firewall, bent propeller. As a result, the registration was cancelled by the CAA on 5 August 2009 as aircraft "destroyed".

However, that was not the end of this particular Piper Super Cub! Just over three years later, on 13 December 2012, it was restored to the UK Civil register, this time with a new registration, G-RCUB. As such, it crashed for a second time on Christmas Day (25 December) 2013 - see link '#5

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2002/08/17
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
4. G-BPJH at Cranfield 2-7-1983:
5. Crash (as G-RCUB) on 25-12-2013:

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
1 June 2009 G-BPJH Private 0 Blackhill Airfield, Draperstone, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland w/o
25 December 2013 G-RCUB Private 0 Kernan Airfield, Tandragee, Craigavon, Co Armagh, N. Ireland sub

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
19-Feb-2015 22:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
23-Jul-2016 00:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
23-Jul-2016 00:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Jul-2016 00:11 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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