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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232179
Last updated: 18 January 2020
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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 II
Owner/operator:Henlow Flying Club
Registration: G-BSIM
C/n / msn: 28-8690017
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Branscombe Airfield, Sidmouth, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Branscombe Airfield, Sidmouth, Devon
Destination airport:Henlow RAF Station (EGWE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II, G-BSIM 20 August 2019: substantially damaged due to Loss of control during takeoff, Branscombe Airfield, Devon, 20 August 2019. The official AAIB report was published on 9 January 2020, and the following is the summary from that report:

"The pilot had lined up on Runway 28 at Branscombe Airfield for a return flight to his home base at RAF Henlow. The reported wind was from 180º at 9 kt, although a windsock, visible in a moving image recording of the takeoff, indicated that it was gusting considerably higher than this. The maximum demonstrated cross wind for the aircraft is 17 kt.

As the takeoff commenced the pilot’s directional control of the aircraft was not steady, and the nose of the aircraft lifted at low speed. The aircraft then became briefly airborne and ‘weathercocked’ in to the wind and towards the airfield boundary hedge. The pitch angle continued to increase, and the aircraft sank back on to its main wheels and its tail contacted the ground.

The aircraft then became airborne again in a nose-high, low speed condition. The pilot attempted to turn towards the runway and the aircraft 'mushed' on to the boundary hedge. There were no injuries, but the aircraft was substantially damaged."

Damage to airframe: Per the above AAIB report "Substantial" damage sustained by the airframe


1, AAIB Final Report:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II G-BSIM nose down at Branscombe Airfield, Devon 20 August 2019 (top right photo)

Revision history:

17-Jan-2020 16:58 Dr. John Smith Added
18-Jan-2020 10:57 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Accident report, ]

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