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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 89980
Last updated: 13 October 2021
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Date:08-FEB-2005
Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II
Owner/operator:Falcon Flying Services Ltd
Registration: G-BHIL
MSN: 28-8016069
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Maidstone Road, Horsmonden, near Paddock Wood, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Zwartberg, Genk, Belgium (EBZW)
Destination airport:Shoreham, West Sussex (EGKA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
G-BHIL was returning to the UK on a VFR flight from Zwartberg Airfield, near Genk in Belgium. Although the final destination was Shoreham, it was likely that the pilot intended to land at Old Hay farm strip in Kent, before continuing to Shoreham. The weather in Belgium was good but large areas of patchy fog covered the south east of England. The pilot was using a combination of GPS and visual navigation but, towards the end of the flight, was following the line of the railway between Ashford and Tonbridge.

When 2.7 miles to the east of his destination, he appeared to have been unable to continue and commenced a series of climbing and descending manoeuvres in and out of the fog. Whilst in a descending right turn, the aircraft crashed into a grass field, at Maidstone Road, Horsmonden, near Paddock Wood, Kent, fatally injuring the pilot.

Aircraft may have been involved in smuggling illicit cargo: the AAIB report noted: "Found amongst the contents of the aircraft were large quantities of Class C drugs" (22 kilos of herbal cannabis, with an alleged "street value" of 40,000) "and tobacco"

Registration G-BHIL cancelled by the CAA 20.10.2005 as aircraft "destroyed"

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422fc96ed915d13710008d7/Piper_PA-28-161_Cherokee_Warrior_II__G-BHIL_8-05.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BHIL
3. http://www.horsmonden.co.uk/aircraft-crashes-in-horsmonden/
4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/england/kent/4246793.stm_/default.stm
5. https://www.pprune.org/private-flying/162576-light-aircraft-crash-kent-merged.html
6. http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/1181517.print/
7. http://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent/news/plane-crash-probe-switches-to-su-a17043/

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


Images:

Photo of G-BHIL courtesy AirHistory.net


Bournemouth - International (EGHH / BOH)
16 October 2003; (c) Don Gilham

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Feb-2011 14:48 harro Added
22-Sep-2012 14:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Dec-2014 21:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Aug-2016 20:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Nature, Source]

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