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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188287
Last updated: 10 April 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:Haimoss Ltd
Registration: G-BJBY
C/n / msn: 28-8116270
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Old Sarum Airfield (EGLS)
Destination airport:Old Sarum Airfield (EGLS)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Crashed on take off. The three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) sustained minor injuries. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"After completing the power checks, which were satisfactory, the pilot lined up on Runway 06, and selected 25 degrees of flap. He noted a similar type of aircraft, carrying four people, make a successful take off from the same runway ahead of him. During the take-off run, the pilot considered the acceleration to be slow, but this was anticipated given the ground conditions.

However, acceleration through 50 knots was 'sluggish' and the pilot rotated the aircraft at 52 knots, expecting to clear the fence and mound at the end of the runway. The aircraft took a long time to 'unstick' and then the rate of climb appeared to be minimal. The pilot considered that there was insufficient distance in which to stop safely, and so he continued the takeoff in the hope of clearing the obstacles.

However, the aircraft clipped the fence, and the top of the mound, before coming to rest abruptly at the far side on some waste ground. The pilot switched off the electrics and fuel, and checked the condition of his passengers. Helpers were quickly on scene to assist with the evacuation of the aircraft.

Subsequent examination of the aircraft showed the flaps to have been set to 40 degrees; there was evidence by distortion of the detente in the quadrant at the 40 degree setting. Such a flap setting would have accounted for the aircraft's poor acceleration and rate of climb"

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Crushing to engine bay, landing gear destroyed, damage to
both wings and tail area". As a result, the registration G-BJBY was cancelled by the CAA on 3-3-1998 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

21-Jun-2016 18:15 Dr.John Smith Added
22-Jun-2016 17:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jul-2017 15:02 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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