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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179700
Last updated: 5 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer
Registration: G-APYI
C/n / msn: 22-2218
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sarngwm Farm Strip, Bethesda, Pembrokeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Sarngwm Farm Strip, Bethesda, Pembrokeshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 26/10/2012 when crashed on take off at Sarngwm Farm Strip, Bethesda, Pembrokeshire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"G-APYI is a Piper Tri-pacer aircraft (built with a tricycle landing gear) converted to a tailwheel configuration. The pilot was taking off from his grass airstrip, the runway of which is 475 metres long, oriented 24/06 and is bordered at each end by hedges. The runway also cuts through two hedges at about its midpoint. The wind was from the north-west at 10 knots and the aircraft was taking off on Runway 24, which has a downward slope.

The pilot stated that, after about 150 metres of ground roll, the aircraft encountered a soft patch of grass and the combination of this with the crosswind caused him to lose directional and the aircraft slid into a hedge to the left of the runway"

Damage sustained to airframe: Damage to propeller, landing gear, rear fuselage, left elevator and left wing spar. All of which were enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", and the registration G-APYI was cancelled by the CAA on 16/9/2015 (almost three years later...) as "Permanently withdrawn from use". The three year delay may have been due to the aircraft being sold on for parts recovery/"parting out" by Nalson Aviation Ltd (see twitter feed below)


4. Previous crash 21-8-2005:

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


Photo of G-APYI courtesy

Bristol - Lulsgate (EGGD / BRS)
9 July 1967; (c) R.A.Scholefield

Revision history:

20-Sep-2015 13:39 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Sep-2015 13:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
26-Dec-2017 19:41 harro Updated [Source]

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