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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18965
Last updated: 17 February 2020
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Date:06-DEC-1974
Time:17:21 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain
Owner/operator:McAlpine Aviation
Registration: G-BBJG
C/n / msn: 31-7405401
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Horsforth near Leeds, West Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Leeds/Bradford Airport (LBA/EGNM)
Destination airport:Staverton, Gloucestershire (EGBJ)
Narrative:
On 6 December 1974 the aircraft took off from Leeds/Bradford Airport with one pilot and seven passengers on a charter air taxi flight to Staverton, Gloucestershire. About three minutes later the aircraft was heard and seen flying in and out of low cloud in the area south of the airport and following an apparently random flight path. This pattern terminated when it crashed in a field about two miles south of the airport approximately six minutes after take-off; there were no survivors.

Post-mortem examination of the pilot revealed that he had been suffering from coronary artery disease and the report concludes that it appears probable that he became incapacitated following an acute coronary episode in the air and was unable to maintain control of the aircraft."

Registration cancelled 30/1/1975 as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use")

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/15-1975-piper-pa31-350-navajo-chieftain-g-bbjg-6-december-1974
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-BBJG.pdf
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1974/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-leeds-8-killed/]
4. http://www.secretleeds.com/viewtopic.php?t=5851


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
07-Nov-2012 14:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jul-2015 16:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2015 13:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
21-Sep-2017 17:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
21-Sep-2017 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Oct-2017 17:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Oct-2017 17:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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