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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146537
Last updated: 12 May 2020
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Time:13:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200 Seneca
Owner/operator:Trustee of the G-BBPX Flying Group
Registration: G-BBPX
C/n / msn: 34-7250262
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. Mary’s airport, 1 mile E of Hugh Town, Isles of Scilly -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Newquay Airport, Cornwall (NQY/EGHQ)
Destination airport:St. Marys, Isle of Scilly (ISC/EGHE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
A Piper PA-34-200 Seneca overran the runway at St. Mary’s airport (ISC/EGHE) on the Isles of Scilly on Wednesday 27 June 2012, coming to a stop in a field above Old Town. Four people were on board, and all managed to exit the plane safely. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft took off from Newquay Airport at 11:30 hours for the flight to St Mary’s, with the pilot and three passengers on board. After flying the NDB approach, the pilot circled to land as planned, but found that a fog bank to the north of the airfield obscured the Runway 14 threshold. He initiated a go-around, and saw that the south side of the airport was clear of fog and that Runway 27 was clearly visible.

He reported that at no time during the go-around and subsequent approach did he penetrate the fog, nor enter cloud. The pilot had previously landed on Runway 27 in calm conditions, and considered that a 5 knot tailwind component would be acceptable.

The aircraft touched down on the Runway 27 threshold at 75 knots. It decelerated on brake application but, as it passed onto the grass portion of runway, all retardation appeared to cease. The pilot called for his passengers to “brace”, shut down the engines and switched off the fuel.

The left landing gear leg collided with a runway end light and collapsed. The aircraft overran the runway and slid down the grass slope at its end. After the aircraft had come to rest, the pilot informed ATC that all occupants were uninjured. They were able to vacate the aircraft through the cabin door.

The pilot observed that the grass was wet and offered minimal braking effectiveness. He considered that this, together with the tailwind component and downwards slope on the latter part of the runway were direct causal factors"

Damage sustained to airframe: Damage to left main landing gear leg and fuselage skin. Presumably as a result of this, the registration G-BBPX was cancelled by the CAA on 3/10/2012 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

(The fuselage of G-BBPX was noted in a private scrapyard in Cornwall, no more details available. Stored in the open on a platform in the entrance passage to the yard. The yard was used by the county council until leased to "Chris". It appeared on an ITV4 programme "Shed & Buried" [8 pm 31/03/2015]. It is now used as a bedroom, I kid you not!)


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca G-BBPX at Wolverhampton (Halfpenny Green) Airport on 02-09-2009 Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport Photos: Twins &emdash; G-BBPX Piper PA-34-200 Seneca II  c/n 34-7250262

Revision history:

27-Jun-2012 12:28 gerard57 Added
27-Jun-2012 12:54 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2012 03:39 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]
01-Jul-2012 22:32 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Jul-2012 13:17 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 15:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code]
15-Sep-2015 17:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
15-Sep-2015 17:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jan-2017 13:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Jan-2017 13:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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