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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18949
Last updated: 19 June 2021
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Time:15:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181
Owner/operator:Redhill Flying Club
Registration: G-BNNP
MSN: 28-85900044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.3 km east of Junction 8 of the M25, near Reigate, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey (EGKR)
Destination airport:Redhill Aerodrome, Surrey (EGKR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Destroyed in mid-air collision with Tiger Moth G-AOZB over M25 motorway near Redhill, Surrey, killing all 4 occupants (one in Tiger Moth G-AOZB, and three on board Piper G-BNNP). Collision was 1.3 km east of Junction 8 of the M25, with the Tiger Moth crashing into a field at Gatton Bottom, near Reigate, on the north side of the M25. The Piper PA-28 impacted into a school playing field close to the south side of the M25.

A contemporary newspaper report gives further details ("Staffordshire Sentinel" - Monday 21 May 1990):

"Grieving father tells of planes crash tragedy
A FORMER North Staffordshire man was one of four people killed when two light aircraft crashed in mid-air above London, it was revealed today.

lan Derricott died when his Piper Cherokee plane collided with a Second World War Tiger Moth and plunged to the ground close to the busy M25. The aircraft narrowly missed a group of girls as it crashed into a school playing field on Saturday night.

lan's parents Ray and Pam Derricott live in Wilton Avenue, Werrington. A former pupil at Westwood High School, Leek, lan moved to London a number of years ago with his job. He was a business analyst who was working on a multi-million pound contract with Trust House Forte.

He was a qualified pilot who had just shaken hands on a deal to buy his own aircraft. It is not yet known whether lan, 33, was piloting the aircraft. Two other people including his next door neighbour were on board. The aircraft was owned by the flying dub in London which he belonged to.

lan's father learned of the tragedy after he returned from a day out at Wembley watching Leek Town play Barrow. He had arranged to see his eldest son for a drink in London before the FA Trophy final but the coach taking him to Wembley was two hours late leaving North Staffordshire, so he had to go straight to the match and was unable to meet his son.

Mr Derricott said: "We were supposed to meet before the game in a British Legion club, but because we were late I could not make it. I do not know whether he did. He was an experienced pilot. He had flown to France and back and was absolutely meticulous. I was his first passenger and we flew all along the coast of Britain. He was very professional. He wanted to go and buy his own flying school that was his long term plan."

The funeral is not expected to take place until early next week.

The crash happened over Reigate. Surrey, in an air channel between Gatwick and Heathrow."

Registration G-BNNP cancelled by the CAA on 19/7/1990 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. Sunday Independent (Dublin) - Sunday 20 May 1990
2. Sunday Life - Sunday 20 May 1990
3. Staffordshire Sentinel - Monday 21 May 1990
4. Newcastle Journal - Monday 21 May 1990
5. Kingston Informer - Friday 25 May 1990
6. Staffordshire Sentinel - Tuesday 02 October 1990

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

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
18-Sep-2011 01:40 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2012 15:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Oct-2019 11:34 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
25-Oct-2019 11:36 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
23-Mar-2020 23:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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