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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18932
Last updated: 25 October 2019
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Date:05-JAN-1972
Time:18:24
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250F Aztec
Owner/operator:Enterprise Hotels Ltd
Registration: G-AZIF
C/n / msn: 27-4633
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Great Sampford, 5 miles SE of Saffron Walden, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:London-Gatwick (LGW/EGKK)
Destination airport:Stansted Airport, Essex (STN/EGSS)
Narrative:
"The aircraft was on a night flight in poor weather from Gatwick to Stansted Airport. At 1821 hrs when over the Stansted NDB it was cleared to descend to an altitude of 2,500 feet and to change to the tower radio frequency in preparation for an approach to land. The pilot's acknowledgement of this message was the last communication with the aircraft.

Search and rescue procedures were initiated at 1900 hrs. The aircraft was found the following day at 1100 hrs. It had crashed eight miles northeast of Stansted Airport on ground 300 feet above mean sea level (amsl) at a point below the traffic pattern where it should have been making a level turn at 2,500 feet amsl to intercept the Instrument Landing System (ILS). All three occupants were killed on impact.

It is concluded that the accident was probably the result of a loss of control and that this was likely to have resulted from a flight instrument failure, leading to a steep dive during which the aircraft struck the ground."

Sources:

1. https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f729ed915d1371000641/18-1974_G-AZIF.pdf
2. https://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AZIF.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
01-Sep-2012 19:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2015 00:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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