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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181872
Last updated: 25 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 172B
Registration: G-ARLT
C/n / msn: 172-48505
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire (BZZ/EGVN)
Destination airport:Field near Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 21/9/1986 when wrecked in a forced landing near Dulverton, Exmoor, Somerset. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft departed from Brize Norton to photograph a Manor House near Dulverton, Somerset. The flight was uneventful until, after having flown around the Manor House for about five minutes, the pilot noticed that the needle of the engine oil pressure gauge was indicating very close to the bottom end of the 'green ' sector. The pilot therefore decided to make a precautionary landing

After choosing a field, two low inspection passes of the field were made, after which the aircraft touched down in the field. On applying brakes after touchdown, no retardation was felt. Due to the shortness of the roll-out area remaining, the pilot attempted to take off again, but after becoming airborne, the aircraft landing gear struck a fence, and this impact pulled the aircraft back down to the ground. The aircraft struck the side of a valley, and came to rest. The two persons on board (pilot and passenger/photographer) were uninjured and evacuated from the aircraft without injury."

Damage sustained to airframe: According to the AAIB report "substantial to wing and fuselage - aircraft damaged beyond repair". As a result the registration G-ARLT was cancelled by the CAA almost a year later, on 5/8/1987 as "Permanently Withdrawn From Use"


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Revision history:

01-Dec-2015 19:29 Dr.John Smith Added
01-Dec-2015 19:33 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
01-Dec-2015 20:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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