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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18937
Last updated: 10 September 2020
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Date:13-FEB-1992
Time:18:31 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow
Owner/operator:PJC (Leasing) Ltd
Registration: G-IPJC
C/n / msn: 28R-7435136
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Skiddaw, near Keswick, Cumbria -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Stapleford, Essex (EGSG)
Destination airport:Glasgow International Airport (GLA/EGPF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
On 13th February 1992 the pilot of this aircraft took off from Stapleford airfield intending on flying to Glasgow. The route finalised was to be via Brookmans Park and Barkway which are both in Hertfordshire, Gamston in Nottinghamshire, north over Leeds Bradford airport then across to Dean Cross in Cumbria and north to Glasgow. The pilot was to transport a number of boxes containing promotional material to Glasgow to be used in the pilot's line of work. The aircraft took off from Stapleford at around 16:15 hours and headed north, darkness came around an hour later.

The weather over the north of England was poorer than in the south, low cloud is believed to have covered the tops of the Pennines and the Lake District mountains at the time with snow laid on the Lake District mountains. The aircraft was flying in cloud at the time of the crash on Skiddaw at around 18:30 hours, sadly the pilot would have stood little chance of surviving and died as a result.

A search and rescue operation was put into action and the aircraft was finally located near the top of the 931-metre (3,054 ft) summit of Skiddaw at 01:45 hours. In the weeks that followed the aircraft was lifted off the mountain by helicopter down to a field near Keswick and was transported away by road. Very little remains at the site today to bear witness to this accident, although small pieces of wreckage (including a teaspoon!) could still be found in April 2011.

Pilot - Mr Frank Peter Lake, aged 36, of Ingatestone, Essex. Killed. Registration G-IJPC cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" 8 May 1992

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/5422f4b740f0b61346000571/Piper_PA-28R-200_Cherokee_Arrow_II__G-IPJC_06-92.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=IPJC
3. http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/lakes/ipjc.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skiddaw

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
09-Oct-2012 15:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Oct-2012 15:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Apr-2016 18:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2016 18:23 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
10-Sep-2020 23:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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