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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18595
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Date:13-NOV-1983
Time:12:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150L (Reims)
Owner/operator:Crepeshaw Ltd t/a Vectair Aviation (regd. owners)
Registration: G-ETUP
C/n / msn: F150-01106
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Delme Arms Roundabout, Railway Viaduct, Fareham Creek, Fareham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Goodwood, West Sussex (EGHR)
Destination airport:Goodwood, West Sussex (EGHR)
Investigating agency: AIB
Narrative:
Cessna F150L (Reims) G-ETUP: Crashed and destroyed 13 November 1983 Crashed Into the ‘Railway Viaduct’, landing into the river Wallington, Delme Arms Roundabout, Fareham, Hampshire. Pilot Stuart Savage (flying solo) was killed.

According to the AAIB report, the pilot had tried to fly the Cessna through one of the arches of a railway viaduct near Wallington, Hampshire, just east of Fareham. The Cessna failed to achieve this - the AAIB report states that it would have been impossible, as the span of the arches is less than the wingspan of a Cessna F150 - and, at the last minute, there was an attempt to climb, and fly over (rather than through) the viaduct. The aircraft was destroyed in the impact with the viaduct, and the wreckage fell to the ground, inverted.

One final twist was the later Coroners Inquest into the deceased pilot: the Jury ruled a verdict of "suicide", which implies that the Cessna was deliberately flown into the viaduct.

A contemporary local newspaper report adds a little more, but still doesn't make any "suicide" reference ("Aberdeen Press and Journal" - Monday 14 November 1983):

"A PILOT was killed yesterday when his light aircraft crashed into a railway viaduct only 20 yards from a pub packed with lunchtime drinkers. Salesman Mr Stuart Savage (34), from Hillpound, Swanmoore, Hampshire, an experienced gliding instructor from Lasham Airfield Hampshire, died in hospital about three hours after his two-seater Cessna 150 struck the viaduct above the busy A27 at Fareham".

The pub referred to is the Delme Arms, 1 Cams Hill, Portchester, Fareham PO16 8QY (see link #9). Registration G-ETUP cancelled by the CAA (aircraft de-registered) 26 September 1984 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. Daily Mirror Monday 14 November 1983
2. Aberdeen Press and Journal - Monday 14 November 1983
3. Air Britain: British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919 to 1999 (published 1999)
4. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/542300a140f0b61346000b2b/Cessna_F150L_G-ETUP_02-84.pdf
5. CAA Registration: https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ETUP.pdf
6. G-ETUP at Liverpool Speke (EGGP) 16-8-1979: https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1579046
7. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/hancrash.html
8. https://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=17847.0
9. https://delmearms.co.uk/

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
12-Jul-2008 08:39 leestuartevans Updated
09-Sep-2009 03:41 harro Updated
28-Sep-2011 02:45 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2013 02:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2014 18:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2019 19:46 “Lister” Updated [Location, Narrative]
14-Nov-2020 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]
14-Nov-2020 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
14-Nov-2020 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
17-Nov-2020 14:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Nov-2020 14:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Nov-2020 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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