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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188131
Last updated: 3 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F150M (Reims)
Registration: G-BOIM
C/n / msn: 150-77040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Faircross Farm, Long Lane, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Faircross Farm, Thatcham, Berkshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 17-7-1996 when crashed on take off from a private grass airstrip at Faircross Farm, Long Lane, Hermitage, Thatcham, Berkshire. No injuries sustained by the two persons on board (pilot and one passenger). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot could remember very little of the accident sequence. He was attempting to depart from a 500 yard long farm strip on a very hot day (around 27C) in negligible wind conditions. The pilot believes he may have rotated at too low an airspeed.

The aircraft took off and climbed to a height of about 40 or 50 feet, before the stall warning sounded and the aircraft began to descend in a wings-level attitude. It struck a substantial hedge at the end of the strip and came to rest upright having suffered severe damage.

Calculations taking into account the temperature and the short,dry grass indicate that the aircraft should have required a ground roll distance of about 300 yards and a take off distance to 50 feet height of approximately 525 yards.

The pilot stated that he was used to operating from grass runways but this was his first attempt to depart from a farm strip."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damaged beyond economic repair". As a result, the registration G-BOIM was cancelled by the CAA on 15-11-1996 as "destroyed"


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

14-Jun-2016 20:23 Dr.John Smith Added
26-Jan-2020 13:23 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]

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