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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80492
Last updated: 18 September 2019
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Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche
Owner/operator:George Douglas Gilbert
Registration: G-ARJI
C/n / msn: 24-2666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fairoaks Airport, Chobham, Surrey (EGTF) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:EGTF
Destination airport:EGHH
The aircraft was taking off at night for a private flight from Fair Oaks to Bournemouth (Hurn) Airport and return. Take-off direction was westerly, along a flare-path consisting of gooseneck flares and electric glim lamps. There was little or no wind. The aircraft became airborne almost at the end of the 500 yard grass strip; shortly afterwards, the port wing struck an unlighted pole situated amongst the buildings on the boundary or the aerodrome, and part of the wing broke off. The aircraft passed through a row of trees and crashed inverted in a field. Fire broke out immediately and the three occupants were killed.

Per a contemporary report in "Flight International" magazine 28 January 1965:

"Accident at Fair Oaks: A Piper Comanche 180, G-ARJI, bound for Hum crashed at about 7 p.m. on January 19, shortly after taking off from Fair Oaks aerodrome, Surrey. The aircraft is reported to have become airborne and to have dived into the ground, catching fire. The owner-pilot, Mr George Gilbert, and the two other occupants, Mr Ian Trethewey and Mr John Rule, were all killed. Tiger-Club member Ian Trethewey was a well known sporting pilot, often participating in air races and flying displays."

Registration cancelled by UK CAA same day as aircraft "destroyed", although only formally struck off the UK civil registration when "confirmed" on 28/2/1965


Accidents to Aircraft - A United Kingdom Survey for the year ended 31 st December 1965

Revision history:

05-Nov-2010 03:49 VHKDK Added
16-Mar-2011 01:17 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
28-Jul-2012 20:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2013 08:53 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
02-Jun-2019 06:30 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]

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