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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186245
Last updated: 23 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow
Registration: G-TOBE
C/n / msn: 28R-7435148
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 miles SW of Lashendon (Headcorn) Airfield, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield, Kent (EGKH)
Destination airport:Spilstead Farm Airstrip, Stream Lane, Sedlescombe, Battle, East Sussex
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6-3-1992 when crashed shortly after take off and came down 4 miles south west of Lashendon (Headcorn) Airfield, Shenley Farm Cottages, Headcorn, Ashford, Kent, during the climb out phase from the airfield. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft had been refuelled at Lashendon (Headcorn) Airfield for a short (12 mile) flight to Spilstead Farm, Sedlescombe, East Sussex. A rolling take off was carried out after the power check, and the aircraft climbed out to 1000 feet QNH on track for Sedlescombe.

When approximately four miles south west of Lashendon (Headcorn) airfield, the pilot felt that the engine was not running as smoothly as usual. As he was carrying a passenger, he decided to change heading, turn around, and return to Lashendon (Headcorn). The other fuel tank was selected, as was the electric fuel pump, without any improvement being noticed.

The engine continued to lose power, and as the pilot realized that he was not going to reach Lashendon (Headcorn) he selected a field for an emergency landing. However, the aircraft did not have sufficient height to glide into the pilot's selected field. As a result he landed in an adjacent field, when the aircraft's ground run meant that it collided with and rolled through a five bar gate.

The aircraft suffered extensive damage, which included the displacement of the engine and supporting structures by several inches. The pilot switched off the magnetoes and electrics, and then evacuated the aircraft with his passenger. A portable telephone was used to summon help from Lashendon (Headcorn)".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft beyond economic repair". As a result, the registration G-TOBE was cancelled by the CAA on 6-5-1992 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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Revision history:

07-Apr-2016 23:12 Dr.John Smith Added
07-Apr-2016 23:13 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Apr-2016 18:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2016 18:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Apr-2016 18:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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