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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 181953
Last updated: 14 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150J Reims
Owner/operator:Recreational Flying Centre (Popham) Ltd
Registration: G-AWUS
MSN: 150-0394
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Popham, Coxford Down, Winchester, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Popham, Coxford Down, Winchester, Hampshire (EGHP)
Destination airport:Popham, Coxford Down, Winchester, Hampshire (EGHP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off after a heavy landing at Popham Airfield, Coxford Down, Winchester, Hampshire. No injuries were sustained to the two persons on board (pilot and one passenger). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The approach to Popham Airfield was made using 10 degrees of flap, and a wind of 260-270 degrees at 15 knots, and the prevailing conditions were quite gusty. The pilot reported that, during late final approach to Runway 26 at Popham Airfield, at 15 to 20 feet above the runway, and at an indicated air speed (IAS) of approximately 60 knots, the nose dropped sharply and aircraft rolled slightly to the left. The aircraft then landed heavily on its left main wheel and nose wheel. The nose landing gear sheared of, and the aircraft skidded along the runway for 75 to 100 feet before coming to rest".

Damage sustained to the airframe: As confirmed by the AAIB report "nose landing gear sheared off. left main landing gear bent backwards, damage to cowlings, propeller and rear fuselage".

Registration G-AWUS belatedly cancelled 4 July 1994 as "de-registered - Cancelled by CAA". Although this date was some eight years after the above accident, there is no evidence at present that G-AWUS ever flew again after 23 November 1986.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA: History of G-AWUS 1968-1981:
3. CAA: History of G-AWUS 1981-1983:
5. G-AWUS inverted in 1980:
6. G-AWUS at Ipswich (EGSE) 27/4/1970:

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

Revision history:

04-Dec-2015 00:08 Dr.John Smith Added
04-Dec-2015 00:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jul-2017 14:17 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
21-Nov-2020 01:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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