ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18964
Last updated: 20 May 2013
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Narrative:"The aircraft was en route from Blackbushe to Stansted when about three minutes after take-off it descended to aerodrome level and flew into some trees which were obscured by fog and low cloud.
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
|Operator:||British Car Auctions|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Little Sandhurst, Berkshire -
|Phase:|| En route|
The aircraft caught fire and the pilot, the sole occupant, was killed.
There was no evidence of mechanical malfunction or failure of the aircraft. A post mortem examination of the commander revealed that his coronary arteries were severely affected by atheroma although there was no evidence to show that he suffered an acute incapacitation prior to the accident. The report concludes that although no cause for the descent into the ground could be definitely established, there is, however, sufficient medical evidence to support the theory that the
commander suffered symptoms of coronary artery disease that were sufficiently serious to impair his ability to fly the aircraft."
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