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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139167
Last updated: 25 November 2020
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Time:16:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F172H Skyhawk
Registration: G-AWMP
C/n / msn: F172-0488
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Upwood Airfield, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Upwood Airfield, Cambridgeshire (X3UP)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Shortly after takeoff, the engine lost power, and the pilot carried out a forced landing in a field during, which the aircraft sustained substantial damage. The pilot suffered a minor injury to his face but was able to vacate the aircraft unaided.

The airfield’s surface consisted of long grass which was wet. The weather conditions were reported as: 4,000 metres visibility in drizzle, broken cloud at 700 feet and overcast at 800 feet. The pilot candidly commented that he considered carburettor icing to be the most likely cause of the power loss, as the conditions during the long taxi to the takeoff point were conducive to its formation.

He had conducted a carburettor heat check as part of his pre-takeoff checks by selecting the carburettor heat ON and then OFF again immediately after seeing a normal rpm drop. With hindsight, he acknowledges that a longer application of carburettor heat would have probably identified the presence of induction ice and ensured its removal before flight.

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial" damage. Aircraft later declared to be an insurance write-off (damaged beyond economical repair): registration G-AWMP cancelled by the CAA on 14.11.2011 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

11-Oct-2011 10:24 saf7670 Added
11-Oct-2011 10:49 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Oct-2011 10:50 RobertMB Updated [Operator]
12-Jan-2012 12:33 harro Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
10-Sep-2012 16:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-Sep-2012 16:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Damage]
23-Dec-2014 04:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Dec-2016 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Dec-2016 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]

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