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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147749
Last updated: 20 September 2019
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Time:20:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Flintshire Flying School Ltd
Registration: G-BODP
C/n / msn: 38-81A0010
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chapel Lane, Bruera, Churton, near Chester, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hawarden Airport (CEG/EGNR)
Destination airport:Hawarden Airport (CEG/EGNR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The instructor and student were conducting PPL training for slow flight aircraft handling. At an estimated height of between 2,000 and 3,000 ft, the aircraft turned rapidly through about 180° and descended at a high rate, crashing in a field. The evidence indicated that the aircraft had been in a spin to the left when it struck the surface. Both occupants were fatally injured.

A manufacturer’s revision to the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH), dated May 2012, included advice on the altitudes at which slow flight and stall manoeuvres should be initiated, to provide an adequate margin of safety in the event of an inadvertent spin. This revision, which related to a Safety Recommendation made by the United States of America’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 1997, reached the flying school in the month following the accident.

Aircraft written off (damaged beyond repair) and the registration G-BODP was cancelled by the CAA on 7 March 2013 as "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
3. NTSB Identification: CEN12WA562 at

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

Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport Photos: The Low Res Collection &emdash; G-BODP Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk

Revision history:

17-Aug-2012 01:30 gerard57 Added
17-Aug-2012 02:02 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
18-Aug-2012 15:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
30-Aug-2012 19:34 Geno Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jul-2013 13:05 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2014 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2015 23:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
12-Feb-2016 01:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
06-Jan-2017 15:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
06-Jan-2017 15:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]

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