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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18615
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Date:29-FEB-1984
Time:15:27
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150M Commuter (Reims)
Owner/operator:Albert Louis Strongman t/a Anglian Flight Training
Registration: G-BFEL
C/n / msn: F150-1375
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Hardwick, near Norwich, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Norwich Airport (EGSH)
Destination airport:Norwich Airport (EGSH)
Investigating agency: AIB
Narrative:
Destroyed 29/2/1984 in mid-air collision with USAF Fairchild A-10A Thunderbolt II 80-0180 at Hardwick, 10 miles south of Norwich, Norfolk. The Cessna was on a cross-country navigation training exercise (routing Norwich-Diss-Southwold-Norwich), the A-10A was en route from RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk. The collision took place at between 1,000 and 1,200 feet. The last position reported by the pilot of G-BFEL was at 15:24 hours: "just south of Hethel, heading one-five-zero degrees".

Apparently, at the moment of collision, the pilot of G-BFEL was not looking outward, but down into the lower part of the cockpit, as he was adjusting the frequency of his radio. The pilot of the Cessna was killed when it broke up in flight (due to the impact damage) and plunged vertically into the ground; the two crew of the A-10A managed to make a safe emergency landing back at Woodbridge

Registration G-BFEL cancelled by the CAA 11/12/1991 as "Addressee Status: Gone Away"

Sources:

1. Air Britain: British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919 to 1999 (published 1999)
2. AAIB: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f6fce5274a13140005f3/Reims_Cessna_F150M_G-BFEL_and_Fairchild_A10_Thunderbolt_A10-A0180_05-84.pdf
3. CAA: http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://coptercrazy.brinkster.net/search/f150show.asp?start=1350&count=50]

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
28-Sep-2011 02:50 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Nov-2012 11:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Nov-2015 00:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Nov-2015 00:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator]
03-Nov-2015 00:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator]

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