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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 69123
Last updated: 17 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-250 Comanche
Owner/operator:The Com Group
Registration: G-ARIE
C/n / msn: 24-1888
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Osea Island, Maldon, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Stapleford Tawney, Essex (EGSX)
Destination airport:Stapleford Tawney, Essex (EGSX)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 12 May 2001 when spun into the ground from 2,000 feet at Osea Island, Maldon, Essex. While undergoing a re-validation check flight for a PPL the pilot and his instructor were both exposed to dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide contamination from the engine exhaust gases owing to them escaping from a fatigue crack in an exhaust manifold stub pipe and entering the air conditioning system.

The probable cause of the accident was the asphyxiation of both pilots rendering them unconscious and the aircraft subsequently striking the ground, steeply nose down, whilst spinning to the right. Both pilots were killed, although the later autopsy and toxicology report could not establish if they were already dead due to carbon monoxide poisoning before the aircraft impacted into the ground

Registration G-ARIE cancelled by the CAA on 2 October 2001 as aircraft "destroyed"


1. AAIB;
2. CAA:
3. NTSB Identification: MIA01WA141 at

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

Piper PA-24-250 Commanche G-ARIE at Wycombe Air Park - Booker (EGTB) on 24 August 1976: Piper PA-24-250 Comanche AN2136111

Revision history:

17-Oct-2009 00:16 andrewaircraft Added
17-Oct-2009 23:25 andrewaircraft Updated
12-Feb-2015 18:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Jul-2016 18:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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