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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17080
Last updated: 10 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna FR.172G Rocket (Reims)
Registration: OO-TVA
MSN: FR172-0189
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Antwerpen -   Belgium
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Antwerpen (EBAW)
Destination airport:
Exact date unknown so far.
Following engine starting trouble, the pilot prop-swung the engine, (un-/intentionally ??) starting it successfully, with a rather high power throttle setting. Handbrake was set incorrectly, making the aircraft to start its take-off run from the main tarmac, through the grass area towards the main runway (rwy 12) at an angle of about 20. The trim setting was such that the aircraft lifted off in a slightly steep climb angle. Soon after take-off, in the upwind part of the circuit (albeit 20 offset), the a/c started banking to the right, completing an 190-200 turn with an ever increasing bank angle and an increasing downward attitude. The a/c hit the ground at an estimated 60-70 dive angle, crashing rather close to the threshold of rwy 30, the engine dug about 1.5m into the soil. Luckily with POB = 0.
The public attorney charged the pilot-in-command with several violations of air law, but a clever barrister successfully established that the pilot involved, was not the pilot-in-command as defined by law. The court acquitted the pilot.


- coptercrazy

- personal observations

Revision history:

06-Apr-2008 07:00 ASN archive Added
28-Aug-2008 11:23 Hoaha Updated
30-Sep-2011 07:10 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Nov-2018 20:12 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2018 20:39 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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