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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 223157
Last updated: 22 July 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer III
Owner/operator:Davison Plant Hire
Registration: G-BXTW
C/n / msn: 28-43137
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Compton Abbas Airfield, near Shaftesbury, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Halfpenny Green Airport (EGBO)
Destination airport:Compton Abbas Airport (EGHA)
Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer III, G-BXTW was severely damaged when the aircraft collided with a tree on approach, Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset, 22 November 2018. The official AAIB report was published on 14 March 2019, and the following in an excerpt from it...

"The pilot was flying back from Wolverhampton Halfpenny Green Airport in the West Midlands to Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset where the aircraft was based; a route the pilot had flown many times. The pilot held a valid instrument rating (restricted) and flew most of the route above cloud. He descended below the cloud, using a radar service, before joining left base for Runway 08 at Compton Abbas.

The pilot reported that he thought the approach was “normal” until he heard a bang and realised he had hit the top of trees located to the right and below the approach path. He applied power and left bank to return to the correct path. The aircraft landed normally. Damage was found to the leading edge and tip of the right wing, and to the tail plane

The pilot allowed the aircraft to descend below and to the right of the normal approach path causing the aircraft to strike a tree. After the accident, he could not identify any reason why he did not notice he was not on the correct profile. He reflected that personal matters were on his mind and this may have distracted him on the approach.

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Damage to right wing and tailplane"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer III G-BXTW at Compton Abbas 16 April 2016 G-BXTW (26616311072)


Photo of G-BXTW courtesy

Compton Abbas (EGHA)
22 May 2010; (c) Trevor Thornton

Revision history:

17-Mar-2019 20:07 Dr. John Smith Added

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