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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174083
Last updated: 16 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340A
Registration: G-FBDC
C/n / msn: 340-0442
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Somerford, near Congleton, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Exeter Airport (EXT/EGTE)
Destination airport:Somerford, near Congleton, Cheshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4 May 1987 when undershot on landing at Somerford, near Congleton, Cheshire, and the undercarriage collapsed. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"After an uneventful flight from Jersey, with an intermediate stop at Exeter, the aircraft made a left handed circuit at Somerford, near Congleton, Cheshire, onto a one-mile final approach run to runway 36.

As the aircraft crossed the trees at normal approach speed and rate of descent, the pilot reduced power for the landing, and the aircraft suddenly to the ground at the runway threshold. The left main undercarriage leg separated at impact, and when the wingtip struck, the aircraft swung to the left into the soft ground, causing the right undercarriage gear to collapse.

All four occupants were uninjured, and left the aircraft via the normal exits".

Damage sustained to G-FBDC: left main undercarriage gear separated, right main undercarriage collapsed, both propellers, and left wing structure damaged. All of which were enough to deem G-FBDC as "beyond economic repair", and therfore the registration was cancelled 16 June 1987 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

24-Feb-2015 13:13 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Feb-2015 13:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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