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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138754
Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Time:14:42 LOCAL
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F172P Skyhawk II (Reims)
Registration: G-PPHJ
MSN: F172-2048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hill of Beath, Cowdenbeath, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Edinburgh Airport (EDI/EGPH)
Destination airport:Glenrothes Fife (EGPJ)
Investigating agency: AIB
Fatal crash into hillside (the 800 feet high Hill of Beath) near Cowdenbeath, Fife on 23.10.1981. Aircraft impacted into the hillside just 16 feet short of the summit. According to contemporary reports, both persons on board were killed on impact. An RAF Wessex helicopter was scrambled from Leuchars, but was cancelled and returned to base when it was clear that there were no survivors to be rescued.

Registration G-PPHJ Cancelled by the CAA over two years later as aircraft "destroyed" 5.12.1983.


1. Air Britain: British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919 to 1999 (published 1999)
6. Glasgow Herald 24 Oct 1981 Page 3 at

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

26-Sep-2011 07:42 Uli Elch Added
26-Sep-2011 07:43 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
23-Dec-2012 16:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 22:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2014 01:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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