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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184035
Last updated: 13 November 2020
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Date:10-MAY-1989
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic RALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Morane-Saulnier MS.880B Rallye Club
Owner/operator:Trustees of the G-BGZO Flying Group
Registration: G-BGZO
C/n / msn: 378
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:East Meon, 4.4 miles west of Petersfield, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:East Meon, Petersfield, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Morane-Saulnier MS.880B Rallye Club G-BGZO: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10 May 1989 when crashed on take off from a private grass airstrip at East Meon, 4.4 miles west of Petersfield, Hampshire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was taking off from a private strip with a grass surface, and the available take off distance was 433 metres. Given the condition of the strip, and the state of the aircraft, the pilot calculated that he would need about 374 metres of ground roll to take off.

The aircraft was rotated into the take off attitude after a ground roll of about 295 metres at 50 mph IAS (Indicated Air Speed), whereupon the pilot realized that the rate of climb was low. He therefore flew in a level attitude, in an attempt to gain airspeed, but the aircraft began to sink, and he attempted a landing in an adjacent field. The tail of the aircraft struck the boundary fence of the field, and other damage was also sustained before the aircraft came to rest. No injuries were reported to the three persons on board (pilot and two passengers)."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to underside of fuselage, Bent landing gear and propeller". The damage was presumably enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-BGZO was cancelled by the CAA - but not until 3 February 1995, almost six years later

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422fb4240f0b613460008b1/Morane_Saulnier_MS-880B_Rallye_Club__G-BGZO_08-89.pdf
3. CAA; https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-BGZO.pdf
4. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/rallye.pdf
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Meon
6. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17589.0
7. http://www.planelogger.com/Aircraft/Registration/G-BGZO/935105
8. https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/G-BGZO.html

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jan-2016 20:07 Dr.John Smith Added
13-Nov-2020 20:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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