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Time:11:38 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DR40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robin DR.400
Owner/operator:Rochester Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-RBIN
MSN: 1225
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:M2 Motorway near Rochester, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Rochester Airfield, Kent (EGTO)
Destination airport:Rochester Airport, Kent (EGTO)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 21-5-1993 due to loss of engine power during touch-and-go training. G-RBIN crash-landed onto the "hard shoulder" of the M2 motorway in the direction of oncoming traffic. Fortunately, traffic was light at the time, and the only damage was to a passing coach, which sustained broken windows and slight injuries to three passengers. According to a contemporary newspaper report (see link #4)

"Aircraft crash-lands on M2: Motorway blocked and pilot is injured in emergency landing during practice flight

THE PILOT of a light aircraft was hurt when he made an emergency landing on the M2 motorway near Rochester in Kent. The wings were torn off the single engined, four-seat plane when it landed, and several cars collided as drivers tried to avoid the wreckage. The fuselage ended up on the hard shoulder and four tourists on a German-registered coach, which crashed into the aircraft, were slightly injured.

The pilot, named later as Paul Wisely, 46, a married man from Egerton, near Ashford, Kent, was flown to hospital with back injuries, but was reported to be in a stable condition. It is believed he was practising take-offs and landings.

Bruce Jarvis, a paramedic, said: 'He turned to go back to the airport because the engine stalled or there was some other engine trouble. He just missed the trees on the London-bound side and missed all the traffic before coming down with a full tank of fuel which somehow never caught fire. Someone up in heaven was really on his side."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "part of the left wing detached on impact...aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-RBIN was cancelled by the CAA on 7-9-1993


1. AAIB:
2. Newcastle Journal - Saturday 22 May 1993
4. The Independent Saturday 22 May 1993:

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

Revision history:

11-Oct-2012 16:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-May-2016 21:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 21:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2020 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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