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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 17711
Last updated: 30 September 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EUPA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Registration: G-HOFC
C/n / msn: PFA 247-1273
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Undy, near Magor, Gwent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Bodmin Airfield, Bodmin, Cornwall (EGLA)
Destination airport:Uckfield Farm Strip, near Newport, Gwent
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 01-06-2007 when crashed at Undy, near Magor, Gwent. Both of the two persons on board - pilot and one passenger - sustained fatal injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot and a friend were returning from Bodmin Airfield in Cornwall to Uckfield Farm strip near Newport, Gwent. The aircraft was seen by witnesses flying at approximately 500 feet in a wings-level attitude, possibly in a gentle descent. The engine sounded normal, running at a medium to high speed. Witnesses on the ground saw the tail move up and down rapidly, and debris was seen to fall from the aircraft before the wings and horizontal tailplanes detached. The fuselage came down in a grass field, fatally injuring both occupants. The investigation has found that a structural failure of the right wing trailing edge retaining pin mechanism had initiated the in-flight break-up of the aircraft.

As a result of the AAIB initial findings, the Light Aircraft Association released two Airworthiness Bulletins requiring immediate and repetitive inspections:

- PFA 247/FSB006 ‘Europa Classic and Europa XS Tailplane Flutter Avoidance and Integrity Of Tailplane Attachment’
- PFA 247/FSB007 ‘Europa Classic Integrity of Wing Attachment’.

The content of these Airworthiness Bulletins was made mandatory in the UK by the issue of Mandatory Permit Directives. The final accident report concludes that these modifications and the mandated inspections of aircraft already completed, adequately address the construction issue. This accident only affects older Europa Classic aircraft, all of which should have now been modified and not the XS model which has a different structure".

Registration cancelled by the CAA on 07.02.2008 as "destroyed" and "addressee Status: Deceased"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

08-May-2008 01:31 harro Added
22-Dec-2012 16:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2014 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Sep-2015 10:27 Anon. Updated [Cn]
07-Sep-2016 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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