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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21094
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Date:14-JUN-2008
Time:15:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic PZ04 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PZL-104 Wilga 80
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-EPZL
C/n / msn: CF14800560
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Brook Farm, Burgate, Wrotham, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Brook Farm, Burgate, Wrotham, Suffolk
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14-06-2008 when crashed at Brook Farm, Burgate, Wrotham, Suffolk: The tail wheel-equipped aircraft overturned on landing following the separation of the lower part of the right main landing gear. The cause of the separation of the undercarriage could not be determined. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"During the landing the aircraft suddenly pitched forward and became inverted. The rear seat passenger exited the aircraft through the right door, which had opened on impact. The front seat passenger released his seat belt, with assistance from the airfield owner, and also escaped via the right door. The pilot was initially trapped by the structure of the aircraft and was unable to move until helpers lifted the aircraft sufficiently to allow him to crawl out through the right door.

Subsequent examination revealed that the trailing arm of the right landing gear leg had detached during the landing; the upper part of the leg had then dug into the ground, causing the aircraft to pitch forward and become inverted."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft damaged beyond economic repair". As a result, the registration G-EPZL was cancelled by the CAA on 10-11-2008 as "Destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f80bed915d1374000697/PZL-104_Wilga_80__G-EPZL_07-09.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=EPZL
3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/suffolk/7455168.stm
4. http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/light-aircraft-crashes-in-suffolk-1-206960
5. http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/light-aircraft-crashes-in-suffolk-1-189447?usurv=skip
6. http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000118424L.html
7. http://www.oy-reg.dk/register/3658.html

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2008 11:32 number78 Added
15-Jun-2008 12:24 harro Updated
17-Jun-2008 08:31 JINX Updated
25-Jul-2009 12:58 harro Updated
19-Oct-2012 12:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jul-2013 16:00 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2016 19:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2016 19:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport]

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