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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245242
Last updated: 29 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-150 Apache
Owner/operator:Bartella Ltd
Registration: G-ARHJ
C/n / msn: 23-369
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hilfield Park Reservoir, Bushey, near Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Elstree Airport, Elstree, Hertfordshire (ETR/EGTR)
Destination airport:
Piper PA-23-150 G-ARHJ: Written off (destroyed) 27 January 1968 when crashed into the Hilfield Park Reservoir, Bushey, near Elstree Aerodrome, Hertfordshire. Pilot killed.

The reported crash site of the Hilfield Park Reservoir is a 76.3 ha (189 acres) Local Nature Reserve (LNR) between Bushey and Elstree in Hertfordshire, at approximate co ordinates: 51.6491N 0.3276W. It is owned by Affinity Water and managed by the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT). It is the oldest LNR in Hertfordshire, declared in 1969

Registration G-ARHJ cancelled by the CAA on 27 January 1968 (same day) as "destroyed"


1. CAA:
3. G-ARHJ at Elstree (EGTR) 15/5/1965:
4. G-ARHJ at Elstree (EGTR) 9/5/1964:
5. G-ARHJ at Kidlington (EGTK) 9/4/1961:


Photo of G-ARHJ courtesy

Elstree (EGTR)
15 May 1965; (c) R.A.Scholefield

Revision history:

29-Nov-2020 00:54 Dr. John Smith Added

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