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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18633
Last updated: 6 April 2021
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Time:17:02 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F172D Skyhawk (Reims)
Owner/operator:Luton Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-ASHE
C/n / msn: 0004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Old Warden Airport, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire (EGTH)
Destination airport:Luton Airport, Befordshire (LTN/EGGW)
On the 26th June 1966, a Cessna 172, G-ASHE, got airborne after that day's air display at Old Warden and performed a fairly steep climb after take-off, maybe trying to emulate the display aircraft?. The aircraft's drag rapidly overcame the available thrust & lift and the resultant pile of wreckage ended up in the spectator car park. The pilot and two innocent members of the public on the ground were killed. The three passengers in the Cessna survived, although severely injured.

Registration G-ASHE cancelled 11th August 1966 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 101/485 to AVIA 101/488 (4 files): to
2. CAA:
3. G-ASHE at Southampton (EGHI) in 1964:


Wreckage of Cessna 172 after it had been pulled off the car it had crashed on to

Picture taken after the Cessna had been pulled off the car it had crashed onto

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
13-Jun-2008 22:55 LRH Updated
23-Dec-2009 23:28 Tim Broome Updated
23-Dec-2009 23:28 Tim Broome Updated
26-Sep-2011 02:35 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2012 16:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2020 20:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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