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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82902
Last updated: 6 June 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-38-112 Tomahawk
Owner/operator:G-TOMS Group
Registration: G-TOMS
C/n / msn: 38-79A0453
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Windy Ridge, Pen-y-Fan, Brecon Beacons, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Swansea Airport, Fairwood Common, Wales (SWS/EGFH)
Destination airport:Sleap, Shropshire (EGCV)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilot became lost in a snow storm and descended to establish VMC. He noticed that he was set to collide with terrain and opened the throttle to regain a safe altitude. There was no response from the engine and the aircraft made a heavy landing, which caused it to pitch over onto its canopy.

The twin-seat Piper plane came down close to the summit of Pen-y-Fan as snow swept across much of Wales. The aircraft was left upside down, but its pilot managed to walk to a nearby road and raised the alarm. He was treated for minor injuries at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil.

Registration G-TOMS cancelled by the CAA on 04.03.2011 as aircraft "destroyed". The wreckage was initially left where it had crashed, and was reportedly still there on 12.03.2011. However, by 28.03.2011 it had been removed from the crash site, in order to prevent false call outs to the emergency services.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-TOMS courtesy

Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
4 September 2010; (c) Mick Bajcar

Revision history:

27-Nov-2010 02:32 kookaburra Added
28-Nov-2010 07:30 kookaburra Updated [Aircraft type]
14-Mar-2011 16:03 Anon. Updated [Source]
06-May-2012 02:30 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
14-Oct-2012 16:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Dec-2014 13:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Dec-2014 13:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
25-Nov-2016 15:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
25-Nov-2016 15:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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