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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17675
Last updated: 6 April 2021
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Time:19:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Archer II
Registration: G-KITE
C/n / msn: 28-8490053
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Popham Airfield, Coxford Down, Winchester, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Popham, Hampshire (EGHP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
After landing long on a wet grass runway, with a tailwind component, the pilot was unable to stop the aircraft. It ran through the boundary fence before being arrested by a substantial hedge, during which both wings were torn off.

The pilot’s assessment of the cause of the accident was commendably honest, attributing it to a combination of factors that included: a degree of tiredness after a two-day tour combined with “…a feeling that the end was in sight”; failure to observe the wind sock, which would have shown that the wind was approximately 9 knots from 150°, giving a tailwind component when landing on Runway 26; and the fact that the aircraft landed long, on damp grass.

Wreckage taken by road to Bournemouth (Hurn) (EGHH) for accident investigation and spares recovery. Damage to the airframe: Slight damage to propeller, engine shock-loaded, both wings torn off. All of which were enough to render the aircraft as a write off (damaged beyond economic repair) and the registration G-KITE cancelled by the CAA on 12.12.2008


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

Revision history:

04-May-2008 23:21 Fusko Added
15-Sep-2012 14:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-May-2013 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Dec-2014 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
21-Oct-2016 23:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Location, Source]

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