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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157065
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-151 Cherokee Warrior
Owner/operator:TG Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-BCTA
MSN: 28-7515113
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Ripple Village, Deal, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Le Touquet, France (LTFQ)
Destination airport:Manston, Kent (MSE/EGMH)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 22 May 1998 when crashed near Ripple Village, Deal, Kent due to electrical failure and autopilot malfunctioning.. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was returning to Manston from Le Touquet, normal full and free control checks having been carried out during the pre-departure checks. During the flight, the low voltage warning light illuminated, and although electrical loads were reduced and full power briefly selected, the light did not extinguish. The pilot reported that the ammeter indication remained normal and no other electrical services appear to have been affected.

The autopilot was used to maintain heading towards the Dover VOR. Just short of the VOR the auto-pilot was disengaged and a descending turn was made onto a northerly heading. Shortly after his, the pilot became aware that the control yoke movement was restricted, no movement being available to the right from the neutral position whilst limited movement to the left remained.

The autopilot was checked and confirmed to be disengaged. The passenger (also a PPL holder ) checked his controls and confirmed the restriction was present. The pilot reported that even with considerable force, it was not possible to move the yoke to the right, although full control of rudder and elevators appeared to remain available. The decision was taken to make a precautionary landing in the nearest suitable field.

At approximately one mile from the selected field houses and power lines were seen at the threshold, resulting in the touch down point being further into the field than originally intended. As the aircraft flew over the houses the pilot realised that the field had a considerable up-slope with a mature hedge on the far side. However, he was committed to landing, the mixture control having been positioned to ICO before the unsuitability of the field was identified.

Once on the ground, the pilot managed to turn the aircraft through some 45 degrees before it struck the hedge and bank, tearing the left wing from the fuselage".

The AAIB report confirms that the Piper PA-28-151 received "Substantial" damage; as a result, the registration G-BCTA was cancelled by the CAA on 16 July 1998 as "Permanently withdrawn from use".


1. AAIB:
2. CAA History 1974-1983:
3. CAA History 1983-1998:
4. G-BCTA at Leavesden (EGTI) in 1984:

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

Revision history:

24-Jun-2013 20:50 Geno Added
20-Mar-2015 23:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase]
20-Mar-2015 23:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Mar-2015 00:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Narrative]
16-Nov-2020 21:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Accident report]

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