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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181189
Last updated: 18 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Noon (Aircraft Leasing) Ltd
Registration: G-AVYO
C/n / msn: 28-24186
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5 miles W of Sandown Airport, Lake, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:Sandown Airport, Isle of Wight (EGHN)
Investigating agency: AIB
Written off (destroyed) 8/7/1984 when crashed 1,5 miles west of Sandown Airport, Lake, Isle of Wight. The main causes of the crash were engine problems and a last minute manoeuvre to avoid a Piper Cub that had just taken off. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"In his report after the accident, the pilot of the Piper PA-28 stated that, after turning onto base leg for final approach to Runway 23 at Sandown Airport, he selected carburettor air to 'full hot', and lowered two stages of flap. On finals, he closed the throttle, and selected 'full flaps'.

When at a height of between 100 and 50 feet at 75 knots, he saw a Piper Cub on his left, at the same level and between 100 and 150 away. Thinking that the Piper Cub was about to land on Runway 23, he banked sharply to the right, and attempted to overshoot. He opened the throttle, and selected carburettor 'cold air', but the engine failed to respond normally, achieving only 2,000 rpm and misfiring

Although the pilot had retracted one stage of flaps, he was unable to climb; his airspeed was only 60 knots, and the stall warning was operating continuously. He therefore decided to make an emergency landing, and eventually touched down on an up slope in a field of wheat approximately one and a half miles west of Sandown Airport. The aircraft bounced once on touch down and landed upside down. All four occupants (pilot and three passengers) escaped with only minor cuts and bruises"

Damage to airframe: as confirmed by the AAIB report, the Piper P-28 was "destroyed". As a result, the registration G-AVYO was cancelled by the CAA on 8/10/1985 (one year and three months later) as "destroyed (July 1984)"


1. AAIB;
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

09-Nov-2015 23:51 Dr.John Smith Added
22-Nov-2020 22:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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