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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70170
Last updated: 6 January 2021
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Time:16:14 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A150K
Registration: G-XUSA
C/n / msn: A150-00050
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tollesbury, 9 miles E of Maldon, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Southend (SEB/EGMC)
Destination airport:Ipswich, Suffolk (IPW/EGSE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft crashed into a field of Sugar Beet at Tollesbury, nine mailes of Maldon, Essex, on 25/9/1987 while performing low-level aerobatics. The impact with the ground "wiped out" the undercarriage, and aircraft overturned, crushing the cockpit.

According to the AAIB report, the pilot/owner - this was a dual controlled plane - was under the influence of alcohol, having been seen to be drinking from a bottle of whisky approx 45 minutes before takeoff. A post-mortem toxicology report indicated that Ronald James Sullivan was well under the blood-alcohol limit but Nigel Brendish was some three times over the "safe" blood-alcohol limit allowed for someone driving a car. Both persons on board (pilot and passenger) were killed.

Passenger: Nigel Brendish, director of Harvest Air and associated companies. Very experienced aerobatic display pilot noted for his Mighty Monk: G-IDDY.

Registration G-XUSA formally cancelled 13 months later, on 25/10/1988, as aircraft "destroyed"


1. CAA:
2. AAIB:
3. CAP 667 Review of General Aviation Fatal Accidents 1985-1994

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

Revision history:

25-Nov-2009 21:00 andrewaircraft Added
06-Sep-2011 00:19 Andy C Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2013 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
14-Nov-2014 02:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Nov-2014 02:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
10-Jan-2015 13:45 Sully Updated [Narrative]
27-Feb-2015 18:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2015 12:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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