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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 184336
Last updated: 16 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:Slowbord Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-BMXL
C/n / msn: 38-80A0018
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farm strip near Chepstow, Monmouthshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Farm strip near Chepstow, Monmouthshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 31-05-2005 when crashed on take of from a Farm Strip, near Chepstow, Monmouthshire. According to the following summary from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot and his passenger were conducting an aerial inspection of a private strip prior to its use by the passenger. No landing was planned. During the inspection the aircraft developed a rough running engine and a landing was made on the strip. The pilot reported that during the subsequent take-off he sensed a sink developing which he associated with the engine problems and so he aborted the take-off, causing substantial damage to the aircraft.

The pilot was had no recorded training in short field operations and no performance calculations had been made. No reason for the engine problem was found, though conditions were conducive to carburettor icing. Evidence suggested that the aircraft may have become airborne from the rough strip at a low airspeed, and encountered a light tail wind during the climb out".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, airframe received "substantial" damage. Presumably, this was enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-BMXL was cancelled by the CAA on 10-01-2006


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

09-Feb-2016 20:49 Dr.John Smith Added

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