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Date:21-JUL-2012
Time:15:21 BST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F172M Skyhawk (Reims)
Owner/operator:Perranporth Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-ROUP
C/n / msn: F172-1451
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sheep Rock, Nancekuke, near Portreath, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Perranporth Airfield, Cornwall (EGTP)
Destination airport:Unknown
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed into cliffs at Sheep Rock, Nancekuke, near RAF Portreath, North Cornwall. The pilot was killed in the crash. Local police confirmed that suicide was one of the lines of inquiry being pursued by detectives, after a note was found at Perranporth Flying Club. Inspector Pete Turner, the force's incident manager, yesterday said: "One of the lines of inquiry the investigation is looking into is the possibility of suicide, based on a letter that was left. There is currently a joint fire and police investigation and we will look at all areas from the police side an accident is obviously the other possibility."

The plane took off from Perranporth airfield at 4.05pm on Saturday and crashed shortly afterwards. A major rescue operation was launched involving a search and rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Falmouth Coastguards.

A police spokesman said nobody else was thought to have been in the aircraft and there were no casualties on the ground. A source close to the rescue operation said a charred logbook found in the cockpit had confirmed the origin of the flight.

A telephone call to the control tower then revealed that the pilot had boarded the plane, leaving behind him a note. It is thought that the man, who was the only person on board the plane, was known to police as a potential suicide risk, a claim the force refused to confirm.

A spokesman for Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said: "The fire service received a call from a member of the public in regards to a light aircraft which had been seen in collision with cliffs near Sheep Rock outside of Portreath. The fire service mobilised four major appliances, four special appliances, two Land Rovers and two wholetime officers to this incident from Redruth, Camborne, Truro, Falmouth, Perranporth and St Just. On the crews' arrival they discovered the wreckage of a light aircraft and several fires around the crash site."

The registration of the Cessna F172M involved - G-ROUP - was formally cancelled by the CAA on 29-01-2013 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=ROUP
2. NTSB Identification: CEN12WA478 at https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief2.aspx?ev_id=20120725X60858&ntsbno=CEN12WA478&akey=1
3. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2012/07/crash-pilot-may-have-taken-own-life.html
4, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-18940451
5. https://www.cornwalllive.com/Man-killed-light-aircraft-cliff-crash-Cornwall/story-16574428-detail/story.html
6. http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/cornwall-death-crash-pilot-suicide-mission/story-16581338-detail/story.html
7. http://www.cornwallcommunitynews.co.uk/2012/07/25/spitfire-aces-cliff-face-suicide/
8. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2012/jul/23/plane-crash-suicide-police
9. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2177661/Retired-Navy-commander-died-light-aircraft-crashed-deliberately-flown-plane-cliff.html
10. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1052736_


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jul-2012 00:06 ryan Added
22-Jul-2012 10:45 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Narrative]
22-Jul-2012 12:53 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Jul-2012 13:24 TL 9 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
10-Aug-2012 08:29 Geno Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2012 16:48 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
08-Sep-2012 15:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Dec-2014 20:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2015 23:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
12-Feb-2016 01:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
04-Jan-2017 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Jan-2017 17:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
04-Jan-2017 18:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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