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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143999
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Date:25-FEB-2012
Time:13:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Cambrian Flying Club
Registration: G-BSOT
C/n / msn: 38-81A0053
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Manor Farm, North Gower, near Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common (SWS/EGFH)
Destination airport:Withybush Airfield, Haverfordwest (HAW/EGFE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
A Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk suffered minor damage after an emergency landing in a field of Manor Farm, North Gower, near Swansea Airport (SWS/EGFH). The aircraft was heading for Haverfordwest and rough running/engine failure happened at 600 feet so the pilot and instructor made for a field towards North Gower. The student was on his first Dual cross country flight. The instructor and student pilot escaped unhurt. According to the following extract from the final AAIB report into the accident:

"At approximately 400 feet agl, after taking off from Swansea Airport on a training flight, the instructor heard a loud bang followed by severe airframe vibration and a significant reduction in engine power. He elected to make an immediate forced landing in a field. The aircraft touched down without incident, but the instructor was unable to stop the aircraft before it hit the boundary hedge. Both the instructor and student were uninjured and able to evacuate the aircraft unaided. Examination of the engine identified that a spark plug had failed and released from one of the cylinder heads".

A Chivenor-based Sea King was attending an incident nearby at Worms Head on the Gower Peninsula, and also attended this incident - then gave both pilot and instructor a lift back to Swansea!

Damage sustained to airframe: Fuselage and rudder damaged. This seems to have been enough to render the airframe as "damaged beyond economic repair", and the registration G-BSOT was cancelled by the CAA on 6/7/2012 (five months later...) as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422ee85ed915d1374000215/Piper_PA-38-112_Tomahawk_G-BSOT_07-12.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=BSOT
3. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-17170280?
4. Flyer Air Portal (forum) at https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=75463&sid=08b3ebe705840a65ab2663e2f03969cf
5. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/light-aircraft-makes-emergency-landing-2043292
6. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2012/07/piper-pa-38-112-tomahawk-g-bsot-hedge.html
7. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1289123

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Feb-2012 04:53 harro Added
26-Feb-2012 06:40 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2012 10:49 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
04-Mar-2012 11:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 08:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
11-Sep-2015 22:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Sep-2015 22:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage]
20-Dec-2016 14:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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