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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 712
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Date:29-APR-1978
Time:08:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32R-300 Lance
Owner/operator:Flyourself BV
Registration: PH-PLY
C/n / msn: 32R-7780314
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Holly Hill, near Snodland, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Schiphol Int. Airport - EHAM
Destination airport:Biggin Hill Airport - EGKB
Narrative:
The pilot flew with five passengers towards Biggin Hill in South East England. The last part of the route led over hilly terrain and During this part the weather had deteriorated significantly.

In order to maintain ground visibility, the pilot asked for clearance to descend to 1500 feet, and later to 1000 feet. The clearance to 1500 feet was granted to him, but flying below 1500 feet was left to his own discretion.

Five minutes after the passing the Detling-VOR beacon, the aircraft when operating at ca. 500 feet height, the aircraft flew into high ground approximately 550 feet high, on a steeply rising south-eastern slope of the North Downs.

All six person on board (pilot and five passengers) were killed, but there was no fire on impact. Netherlands registration PH-PLY cancelled 5-11-1978

Sources:

1. https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f355ed915d1374000465/1-1979_PH-PLY.pdf
2. http://www.hdekker.info/Nieuwe%20map/1978.htm#29.04.1978
3. http://www.hdekker.info/registermap/MP.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
07-Mar-2008 11:10 harro Updated
20-Mar-2011 08:20 RobertMB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
15-Jul-2015 21:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2016 14:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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