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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56827
Last updated: 28 October 2019
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Date:02-JAN-2009
Time:11:54
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AWPS
C/n / msn: 28-20196
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Colwich Junction, near Little Heywood, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sittles Airfield, near Tamworth, Staffordshire
Destination airport:Sittles Airfield, near Tamworth, Staffordshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The aircraft was seen carrying out a manoeuvre described by witnesses as similar to a wingover or stall turn. During the manoeuvre it entered a steep nose-down descent from which it did not recover and which resulted in a high-speed impact on a railway line. The accident was not survivable. The pilots medical and licence validity had expired a number of years previously. The aircraft maintenance records were incomplete and did not show that the required maintenance had been correctly performed. There was, however, no evidence of any mechanical defect causing, or contributing to, the accident.

Registration G-AWPS cancelled by the CAA on 14.08.2009 as "Addressee Status: Deceased"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f8f8e5274a1317000757/Piper_PA-28-140_Cherokee__G-AWPS_10-09.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=detailnosummary&fullregmark=AWPS
3. https://www.pprune.org/private-flying/356505-light-aircraft-down-staffordshire.html
4. http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/jan/03/plane-crash-west-midlands
5. http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?87141-Fatal-Plane-Crash-Near-Railway-Colwich-Staffordshire-UK
6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/staffordshire/7808254.stm
7. http://news.sky.com/story/660192/plane-crash-rail-chaos-feared

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


Images:


(c) AAIB

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Jan-2009 08:01 Nathan Baker Added
02-Jan-2009 12:33 angels one five Updated
03-Jan-2009 01:28 RobertMB Updated
03-Jan-2009 01:43 Anon. Updated
03-Jan-2009 05:21 Anon. Updated
03-Jan-2009 09:35 PABLO Updated
03-Jan-2009 23:32 angels one five Updated
08-Oct-2009 11:48 harro Updated
25-Aug-2012 14:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Dec-2014 11:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Dec-2014 11:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
31-Oct-2016 15:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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