Accident Cessna F172G Skyhawk G-TOME,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 32500
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Date:Thursday 25 January 2001
Time:13:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna F172G Skyhawk
Owner/operator:Halegreen Associates Ltd
Registration: G-TOME
MSN: 172S-8523
Year of manufacture:2000
Engine model:IO-360-L2A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cairn of Claise, 10 nm South of Braemar, Grampian, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Peterborough/Conington, Cambridgeshire (EGSF)
Destination airport:Inverness (Dalcross) Airport (INV/EGPE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 25 January 2001, he pilot intended to fly from Peterborough (Conington) to Inverness. The planned route was via the VOR/DME navigation beacons at Ottringham and St Abbs and then direct to Inverness. Prior to the flight the pilot obtained the relevant meteorological information. This included appropriate terminal area forecasts, current aerodrome reports and the area forecast for the Scottish region. He determined that, apart from a few areas of poor weather in Scotland, the forecast conditions were good. The serviceable aircraft departed Peterborough Conington airfield at 10:29 hours and the flight proceeded uneventfully

At 12:56 hours the crew requested FL 60 in an attempt to climb above the cloud. Since this placed the aircraft above the airspace monitored by the FIS officer he asked the crew to call Lossiemouth Radar on 119⋅35 MHz. The aircraft initiated the climb to FL 60 but remained in cloud. The rate of accumulation of ice increased and the airspeed reduced until the aircraft was unable to maintain the climb.

The pilot then requested a descent to FL 45, which he had calculated to be the minimum safe altitude in that area. During the descent the aircraft encountered severe turbulence and pronounced down draughts while ice continued to accumulate on the aircraft. Even with full power selected the airspeed reduced and the pilot had difficulty in controlling the aircraft; he described the controls as 'sluggish and appearing to freeze from time to time'. He then briefly saw snow capped hills below and decided that he should attempt to land before the aircraft stalled.

The aircraft struck the ground at the Cairn of Claise, 10 nm South of Braemar, Grampian, Scotland, at an altitude of 2,690 feet. On contact with the ground the aircraft broke up, but all on board managed to extricate themselves from the wreckage. The front seat occupants received minor injuries, which included a broken wrist and chest pains; the rear seat occupants were virtually uninjured. All of the survivors were then taken by helicopter to the hospital at Aberdeen, where they were diagnosed as suffering from mild hypothermia.

Registration G-TOME cancelled by the CAA on 19 September 2001 as aircraft "destroyed"; small pieces of wreckage can still be found at the crash site (see link #3)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2001/01/17
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Jan-2015 18:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Jul-2016 12:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Jul-2016 12:18 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport]
13-Jul-2016 12:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Total occupants]

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