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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184320
Last updated: 16 November 2020
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Date:01-NOV-1989
Time:11:34 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Grayswood Aviation Services Ltd
Registration: G-BHFL
C/n / msn: 28-7305033
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Coventry Airport, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Coventry Airport (CVT/EGBE)
Destination airport:Coventry Airport (CVT/EGBE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Crashed on take off/initial climb at Coventry Airport, Baginton, Coventry, Warwickshire, due to a loss of engine power. The AAIB report indicates that a fuel leak may have resulted in fuel starvation to the engine - fuel was seen to be "streaming from the engine cowling area":

"After entering the runway and backtracking,the aircraft was lined up to await take off clearance. Once this was granted, take off was normal, until the aircraft had attained a height of approximately 70 feet, whereupon there was a total loss of power from the engine.

The instructor then lowered the nose of the aircraft, checked that the fuel mixture was set to RICH, the fuel pump was set to ON, and that the throttle was open, then headed for the only area of open ground available. However, this area was too small for the aircraft to be landed and brought successfully to a halt undamaged.

As the aircraft touched down, the engine burst into life again. The instructor closed the throttle, and selected the fuel mixture to FULLY LEAN, then steered the aircraft so that the fuselage passed between the trees which bordered the small open area in which the landing took place. This resulted in both wings being separated from the airframe by their roots by contact with the trees, and also of the tailplane being demolished.

The fuselage came to rest on its side in a ditch, creating difficulties for the occupants in escaping from the wreckage. However, they overcame their problems and vacated the aircraft fairly quickly".

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422ebd140f0b613460000b3/Piper_PA-28-180__G-BHFL_02-90.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BHFL

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Feb-2016 23:43 Dr.John Smith Added
09-Feb-2016 15:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Phase, Narrative]
01-Jul-2017 14:29 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]

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