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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179638
Last updated: 14 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna FR.172J Rocket (Reims)
Registration: G-BDOE
C/n / msn: 172-0559
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Private Farm strip, N of A390, 3nm WNW of Truro, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Private Farm strip near Truro, Cornwall
Destination airport:Private Farm strip near Truro, Cornwall
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off 20/8/2012 when crashed on landing at a Private Farm strip North of the A390 road, 3 nautical miles West-North-West of Truro, Cornwall after a local flight. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was landing back at a private farm strip, orientated 03/21, after a 55-minute flight. The weather was fine, with a south-westerly wind of 10 knots. The approach, which was being made into wind, was slightly higher than usual but otherwise seemed normal. Full flap was selected and power was increased. A small valley lies across the approach to the airstrip and, typically, causes an area of sink, which was anticipated. However, as the pilot opened the throttle, the engine did not respond.

The aircraft was unable to clear a hedge in the undershoot, so the pilot raised the nose of the aircraft just prior to impact. The underneath of the aircraft struck the hedge before it came to rest on the grass runway beyond. The pilot secured the aircraft and he and his passenger vacated it, uninjured. There was no fire and no oil or fuel leaks.

At the time of reporting, the cause of the loss of power had not been established, but the aircraft throttle was found to have been in the fully open position. A person nearby heard the engine rpm increase after full flap was lowered, but then no other engine noise before impact".

Damage sustained to airframe: Damage to landing gear, propeller, wing and tail. All of which were presumably enough to render the airframe as "damaged beyond repair", as the registration G-BDOE was cancelled by the CAA on 31/1/2013 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

17-Sep-2015 18:39 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Jan-2017 22:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2020 15:53 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]

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