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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181425
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172P
Registration: G-BIRO
C/n / msn: 172-74826
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elstree Aerodrome, Elstree, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Elstree, Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Destination airport:Elstree, Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10/3/1985 when swung off the runway on landing at Elstree Aerodrome, Elstree Hertfordshire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report:

"The aircraft was on a local flight within the Elstree Aerodrome circuit area, with three occupants on board - the handling pilot, a safety pilot, and one passenger. The handling pilot reports that, after flying circuits for approximately 40 minutes, he made a normal approach to Runway 26 but that the landing flare was on the high side.

However, as the sink rate towards the runway increased, the safety pilot advised a further backward movement of the control column, and the application of more power, and assisted on the controls. The aircraft then 'ballooned' before sinking again, when the left wing dropped to such an extent that the left wing tip contacted the ground. The aircraft then swung left off the runway, and subsequently, during recovery back onto the runway, the right wing tip also contacted the ground".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "damage to wings and fuselage". The severity of the damage is not quantified. However, the registration G-BIRO was not cancelled until 13/5/1993 (over eight years later). The last sighting of G-BIRO was as a wreck dumped at The Stade, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex on 19/8/2009 (see link #3)


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Revision history:

17-Nov-2015 13:21 Dr.John Smith Added
17-Nov-2015 13:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Nov-2015 13:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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