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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 83415
Last updated: 28 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee
Registration: G-AYIH
MSN: 28-26910
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bedford Road, Cranfield Village, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Elstree Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Destination airport:Cranfield, Bedfordshire (EGTC)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 07-07-1990 when crashed on approach to Cranfield; all three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) were killed. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was inbound to the Cranfield annual PFA rallye when it was forced to re-position on final approach due to conflicting traffic. Unfortunately, possibly due to the pilot being distracted at a late point in the approach by other aircraft and a large amount of baggage being carried which may have effected the mass and balance detrimentally at low speed, the aircraft stalled and fell into a local garden, killing the pilot and his two passengers.

Following the accident a number of recommendations regarding the level of ATC service at major rallies, seat belt restraints and lack of stall warnings in older aircraft were put forward."

Damage sustained to airframe: per the AAIB report "forward fuselage and landing gear severely damaged, centre and rear fuselage moderately damaged". All of which were presumably enough to render the airframe as "damaged beyond economic repair" as the registration G-AYIH was cancelled by the CAA on 25-10-1990 as "destroyed" and owners "Addressee Status: Deceased"


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

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

Revision history:

18-Dec-2010 14:18 andrewaircraft Added
29-Aug-2012 14:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-May-2013 00:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Feb-2016 13:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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