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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30589
Last updated: 30 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200-2 Seneca
Owner/operator:Falcon Flying Services
Registration: G-BATR
C/n / msn: 34-7250290
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Woodchurch, near Ashford, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Biggin Hill Airport, Kent (BQH/EGKB)
Destination airport:Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 4 August 2002 when crashed on landing at Woodchurch, near Ashford, Kent. No injuries reported by the four persons on board (pilot and three passengers). According to the following extract from the AAIB report:

"The pilot and three friends planned a flight from Biggin Hill, Kent to Woodchurch, Kent to attend an air display. The flight from Biggin Hill progressed uneventfully but, on arrival at Woodchurch, the airfield was experiencing a heavy rain shower and the pilot held whilst waiting for conditions to improve. After two orbits the rain had eased, and the pilot positioned the aircraft for an approach to Runway 21.

In his report he stated that the touchdown was normal and at the correct point and speed. After touchdown the pilot raised the flaps, in accordance with normal procedures, and started braking. Initial retardation was slight but the deceleration seemed to cease with about one third of the runway remaining.

The aircraft overran the landing strip and struck a hedge before coming to rest in the corner of an adjacent field. The pilot shut off the aircraft's fuel and electrics, and he and the passengers vacated the aircraft uninjured through the normal exits".

As the AAIB report confirms, G-BATR was "Damaged beyond economic repair". However, the CAA only caught up with this accident over seven years later, on 7 April 2009, when the registration was cancelled as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Feb-2015 22:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
19-Feb-2015 13:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-Jul-2016 16:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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