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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187456
Last updated: 14 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C340 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 340A
Owner/operator:GB Express Ltd
Registration: G-XGBE
MSN: 340-0905
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:One mile NW of Sheepy Magna, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough, Leicestershi -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fradley Airfield, near Lichfield, Staffordshire
Destination airport:Bournemouth Airport, Hurn (EGHH)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 7-9-1993 when crashed one mile north-west of Sheepy Magna, Hinckley & Bosworth Borough, Leicestershire. (At approximate Coordinates: 5236′36″N 131′16″W). No injuries sustained to the four persons on board (pilot and three passengers). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The accident occurred when both engines stopped simultaneously during the return flight from Fradley Airfield, near Lichfield, Staffordshire to Bournemouth International Airport. The aircraft took off from Fradley Airfield at around 13:00 hours.

At 13:16 hours, shortly after the aircraft had reached 2,000 feet, and settled into the cruise phase, both engines lost power in unison. The pilot attempted to identify and rectify the problem, by checking the magnetos and fuel pump switches, and changing fuel tanks, but this was unsuccessful; therefore he transmitted a MAYDAY message to Birmingham ATC.

The pilot then selected the landing gear DOWN, and despite having some difficulty in finding a suitable field into which he could make a forced landing; after clearing some trees on approach, landed in a field of mature wheat one mile north west of Sheepy Magna in Leicestershire. The aircraft came to rest with all three landing gear legs collapsed, but the four occupants (pilot and three passengers) all left the aircraft through the normal passenger door.

When the danger of fire had passed, the pilot returned to the aircraft, disabled all the electrical systems, except for the radio, which he used to transmit at 13:25 to Birmingham ATC (via a passing KLM aircraft) their survival state, along with the latitude and longditude of where the aircraft had come to rest (as provided by the GPS Sat-Nav system carried on board".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Landing gear, wing attachments and fuselage underside extensively damaged". The damage was presumably enough to render the airframe as "damaged beyond economic repair" as the registration G-XGBE was cancelled by the CAA six months later, on 22-3-1994


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

Revision history:

20-May-2016 17:01 Dr.John Smith Added

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