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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 33356
Last updated: 3 September 2019
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Date:02-APR-2001
Time:13:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-2220T Seneca
Owner/operator:Redhill Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-OMAR
C/n / msn: 34-8233142
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:West Street, Shoreham-by-sea, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sheffield City Airport, South Yorkshire (SZD/EGSY)
Destination airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
On Monday the 2nd of April 2001 a Twin-engined Piper PA-34 Seneca G-OMAR crashed into houses at West Street, in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. According to the AAIB, and several contemporary media reports, the cause of the crash was due to the Piper running out of fuel.

Fire 1 and 2 responded immediately from the Airport Fire Station. The two crews were in attendance within 5 minutes despite having been given a vague location of the incident. The Response was made because of the 1,000-meter crash zone that requires the Airport Fire Service to give assistance to the local authority Fire Service (West Sussex Fire Brigade).

Being the first Fire fighters on the scene the crew from the Airport quickly surveyed the area and found the pilot and occupants of the building all accounted for and safe. They then laid out a foam line from Fire 1 and deployed Foam over the aircraft wings and surrounding area to prevent ignition of the spilt fuel from the ruptured fuel tanks.

The pilot was later tried - and acquitted - in Chichester Crown Court of Criminal Negligence. The case was thrown out due to conflicting information as to the cause of the crash. The prosecution case was that the pilot was negligent, due to his miscalculating the fuel load, when converting the amount loaded at Sheffield City Airport from litres to US Gallons. The defence case was that the fuel gauge was inaccurate as to the amount of fuel on board, stating that the aircraft had loaded 113.5 litres when in fact 90 litres had been added.

Registration G-OMAR was finally cancelled by the CAA on 29 October 2001 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422eb72e5274a131700007d/dft_avsafety_pdf_502314.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=OMAR
3. https://www.pprune.org/private-flying/101076-pilot-dock-running-out-fuel-update-pilot-cleared-merged.html
4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk/1256487.stm_/default.stm
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/2002/2002
6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/southern_counties/3081612.stm

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Feb-2015 02:34 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, Damage, Narrative]
13-Feb-2015 14:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Jul-2016 16:15 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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