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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18948
Last updated: 10 March 2021
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Time:16:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180G Cherokee
Registration: G-AZVV
C/n / msn: 28-7205171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Drumlanrig Castle, Queensberry Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Drumlanrig Castle, Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotla
Destination airport:Ronaldsway, Isle of Man (IOM/EGNS)
Investigating agency: AIB
Written off (aircraft destroyed) 8/11/1985 when struck a tree and crashed soon after takeoff from a private airstrip at Drumlanrig Castle on the Queensberry Estate in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Both persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were killed. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Witness evidence suggested that, during the take off, the aircraft, which appeared to be surrounded by a cloud of spray, drifted off to the left of the tarmac driveway that leads up to the Castle (which was being used as an improvised runway) and become airborne about halfway to three quarters of the way along this road.

The aircraft was seen to climb at a shallow angle and 'hop over' sine overhead power lines which crossed its path. After clearing the wires, the aircraft was seen to sink down slightly before continuing its shallow climb. Further on, the aircraft clipped the top of a tree on the edge of a small copse which was in the aircraft's path. The aircraft was seen to bank to the right and descend until lost from view."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report, confirmed as "aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-AZVV was cancelled by the CAA 8/8/1986 (nine months later, to the day) as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
05-Sep-2012 16:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Nov-2015 17:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2015 17:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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