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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18930
Last updated: 6 June 2021
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Time:11:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-235 Apache
Owner/operator:King Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-ASKW
MSN: 27-576
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 18 nm South East of Southwold, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:East Midlands Airport (EMA/EGNX)
Destination airport:Rotterdam (RTM/EHAM)
Investigating agency: AIB
Written off (destroyed) 25/1/1971 when ditched into the North Sea, 18 nautical miles South East of Southwold, Suffolk. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was on a flight from East Midlands Airport to Rotterdam. An electrical malfunction led to the loss of all radio and navigational aids when the aircraft was flying over The Netherlands in visual meteorological conditions (VMC) above complete cloud cover.

The pilot returned above cloud to Britain and eventually let down in a clear area off the coast of Suffolk. Finding that the cloud base was 500 feet with mist below precluding flight in VMC, he ditched some 18 miles from the coast near a trawler which picked up the aircraft's two occupants.

The report finds that the evidence is insufficient to determine the cause of the electrical failure."

The official AAIB Final Report lists the two persons on board as Captain Andrew Dominic Dilworth Pearson (pilot. aged 29) and Mr. K.A.Watts (passenger). Registration G-ASKW cancelled by the CAA 26/2/71 (next day) as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
5. G-ASKE at East Midlands Airport (Castle Donington) (EMA/EGNX) in 1970:

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


Photo of G-ASKW courtesy

London - Heathrow (EGLL / LHR)
1971; (c) M D West

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
08-Aug-2012 16:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jun-2013 02:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2015 19:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
02-Oct-2020 16:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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