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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18970
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II
Owner/operator:Citicourt Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-BLWD
C/n / msn: 34-8070334
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Elstree Aerodrome, Elstree, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Elstree, Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Destination airport:Elstree, Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Substantially damaged 8 September 2002 when the undercarriage collapsed on landing at at Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"A flapless approach was being carried out to Runway 26 at Elstree aerodrome. The aircraft touched down approximately 80 metres short of the runway threshold and, upon landing the right main landing gear (MLG) fork assembly fractured at the axle. Shortly after this, the nose landing gear collapsed.

After travelling approximately 90 metres beyond the runway threshold, the left main landing gear collapsed and the aircraft slewed off the runway. The pilots shutdown the aircraft, and evacuated it unhurt. The right main landing gear failure was due to overload in bending. No pre-existing defects were identified, and the fork assembly material was within the manufacturers specification".

Damage sustained to G-BLWD: Right main landing gear fractured, left main landing gear and nose landing gear damaged. Damage to the right wing and underside of the aircraft. As a result, the CAA cancelled the registration G-BLWD on 11 November 2003.

However, that was not quite the end of G-BLWD! On 28 June 2004, some seven months later, the registration was restored to a new owner, Bencray Ltd at Blackpool Airport, Lancashire. Exactly what they plan to do with the aircraft is not clear, as the fuselage has been fixed to the wall of Hangar 6 at Blackpool since between (at least) July 2003 to September 2013 (the wings are stored nearby); G-BLWD has not flown since its accident on 8 September 2002


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
5. Fuselage of G-BLWD on hangar wall, Blackpool 08-04-2003:
6. Fuselage of G-BLWD on hangar wall, Blackpool 24-09-2011:

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
19-May-2013 01:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage]
19-May-2013 08:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage]]
09-Dec-2014 03:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Country, Nature, Source, Damage]
20-Feb-2015 21:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Feb-2015 21:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
21-Feb-2015 12:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Feb-2015 12:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Jul-2016 14:32 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source]

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