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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18689
Last updated: 13 September 2021
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Time:14:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna FRA.150M Aerobat (Reims)
Owner/operator:Airwork Ltd
Registration: G-BDAU
MSN: FRA150-0275
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:750 metres SW of threshold of Runway 04 at Perth Aerodrome, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Perth/Scone Airfeld, Scotland (EGPT/PSL)
Destination airport:Perth/Scone Airfield, Scotland (EGPT/PSL)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Crashed 23/1/1987 shortly after takeoff and caught fire: aircraft came down 750 metres south west of threshold of Runway 04 at Perth Aerodrome, Scotland (EGPT/PSL). The student pilot (from Botswana) flying solo was killed. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft taxied for Runway 22 at Perth/Scone at 14:17 hours, and took off shortly afterwards. It completed one circuit successfully, landed, and the took off again without coming to a halt on the runway. After a 'downwind' call, the pilot reported 'finals' on the R/T, and then added that the next landing was to be a 'touch and go'. The aircraft landed and was seen to take off again normally at about 14:38 hours. The aircraft climbed straight ahead to a height of between 200 and 300 feet

It was heard passing a house which is situated near to the south west boundary of the airfield, when, shortly afterwards, the occupants of the house heard a crash and observed fire and smoke in a ploughed field some 200 metres from the house.

The aircraft was not observed from the ATC tower, since, although the crash site was in view from the tower, the direction of the crash site was in direct sunlight, the sun being low in the sky and 7 degrees to the right of the runway heading. However a pall of smoke was observed by an engineer, who was near the main hangar, and he raised the alarm and alerted the crash rescue crew. The airfield crash rescue Land Rover was on site within a few minutes, followed by the Perth Fire Brigade vehicle at 14:50 hours. The student pilot had been fatally injured in the crash"

Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-BDAU was cancelled by the CAA over a year later on, 8/3/1988 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. Air Britain: British Civil Aircraft Registers 1919 to 1999 (published 1999)
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

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

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
07-Aug-2008 11:12 harro Updated
26-Sep-2011 10:25 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source]
10-Nov-2012 16:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Dec-2015 00:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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