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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188092
Last updated: 6 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II
Owner/operator:Paul Andrew Griffin
Registration: G-BJBV
MSN: 28-8116279
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 31-5-1996 when made a heavy ladning at Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. No injuries sustained by the three persons on board (instructor, pilot under training and one passenger). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"After completing the pre-flight checks, a normal take off was made from Runway 25. The initial climb was normal until approximately 250 feet when the instructor heard a severe rattling sound from the engine area. He immediately started a turn back to the airfield, and transmitted a MAYDAY message. About 90 degrees into the turn, the engine stopped.

Initially the instructor planned to land on Runway 03, but quickly realised that he had insufficient height to clear some houses between the aircraft and the airfield, and so selected the only field available. The field was small and surrounded by buildings and fences. The instructor left the final turn as late as possible and, with full flap, made his final approach into the field. During the flare he ran out of elevator control, which resulted in a heavy landing".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report aircraft "Damaged beyond economic repair". As a result, the registration G-BJBV was cancelled by the CAA on 1-10-1996 as "Permanently withdrawn from use".


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

Revision history:

13-Jun-2016 16:22 Dr.John Smith Added
09-Nov-2020 14:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]
10-Nov-2020 00:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]

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