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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34439
Last updated: 20 April 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-32-301 Saratoga
Owner/operator:TGD Leasing Ltd
Registration: G-BMDC
C/n / msn: 32-8006075
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Church Farm Airfield, Shotteswell, near Banbury, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Shotteswell, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:Wellesbourne Mountford (EGBW)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilot was attempting to take off from the shorter of two runways at a private airstrip at Shotteswell, near Banbury, having earlier landed on the longer runway. Advice in the airstrip's entry in a general aviation flight guide indicated that a takeoff by that type of aircraft, from that runway and flown by a pilot of his experience was not recommended.

During the takeoff the aircraft cleared a hedge at the upwind end of the runway but stalled and struck trees on the far side of a road running alongside the airstrip. The aircraft crashed in the field beyond and the pilot was fatally injured. There was no fire. Contemporary press reports (see links #6 & #7) later named the pilot fatality as "Albert Street, 58, of Crabtree Close in Bloxham, was the pilot and only occupant of the Piper light aircraft which crashed shortly after take-off near Shotteswell".

Subsequent performance calculations indicated that there was insufficient clear distance on the short runway for the takeoff to be successful.

Registration G-BMDC cancelled by the CAA on 13/3/2008 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Revision history:

09-Oct-2008 12:12 harro Added
23-Nov-2012 14:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2013 04:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code]
08-Dec-2014 02:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Sep-2016 22:21 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Sep-2016 22:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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