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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 216690
Last updated: 20 September 2019
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Time:11:04 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
Owner/operator:Golf Charlie Echo Ltd
Registration: G-BSZT
C/n / msn: 28-8116027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport (ESH/EGKA)
Destination airport:
Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BSZT was substantially damaged when the aircraft left the runway on takeoff, at Shoreham Airport, West Sussex, 26 October 2018. The official AAIB report into the incident was published 14 March 2019, and the following is an excerpt from it...

"The pilot hired the aircraft to take two friends and a child for a sightseeing flight in the local area. He usually flew a different aircraft type but this was in maintenance and was not available. He had not flown the PA-28 for seven months.

Having completed the checks on the aircraft and started the engine, the pilot requested taxi clearance and was given instructions to proceed to the holding point for Runway 24. On reaching Runway 24, the pilot carried out the power checks on the aircraft and was then informed that the runway had changed to Runway 02. He made a 180 degree turn on the taxiway and proceeded to the holding point for Runway 02. He completed the power checks again before telling the tower that he was ready for departure.

The pilot was cleared for takeoff and, after checking the wind was within limits, commenced his takeoff roll. As he reached a speed of 70 Knots IAS he began to pull back gently on the control column. As the nose pitched up through approximately 3 degrees, a gust of wind caused the aircraft to yaw to the left. The pilot attempted to put the nose wheel back onto the runway by pushing on the control column, but the aircraft departed the runway to the left.

Witnesses reported seeing the aircraft bounce across the grass, possibly becoming airborne momentarily due to the rough surface. They also noted that the aircraft seemed to continue at high speed for some time with no apparent reduction in power. Eventually the aircraft was seen to slow but the pilot found it difficult to stop the aircraft before it struck undergrowth. The aircraft then ran into a ditch at slow speed. None of the aircraft occupants were injured and they were able to vacate the aircraft without assistance."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Damage to engine cowlings, exhaust and broken nose leg"


1. AAIB report:

Last occurence about this aircraft :

Revision history:

26-Oct-2018 13:02 gerard57 Added
26-Oct-2018 13:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Oct-2018 13:57 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
26-Oct-2018 14:32 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Oct-2018 15:59 Geno Updated [Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
14-Mar-2019 19:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2019 19:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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