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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179611
Last updated: 12 April 2021
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Time:14:16 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C172 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna F172S Skyhawk
Registration: D-EFUC
C/n / msn: 172S-8003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Blackpool, Lancashire (BLK/EGLK)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Force landed, due to engine failure, at Dunsop Bridge, nine miles north-west of Clitheroe, Lancashire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft had departed Blackpool airport for a photography sortie. About two hours after departure, while cruising at about 1,700 ft amsl, the engine suddenly lost power. Both engine FADEC warning lights illuminated and although the propeller continued to turn, only 5% power was indicated on the engine display. The pilot exercised the power lever but there was no response from the engine. He turned the electric fuel pump on but this did not have any effect either

He selected a field, prepared for a forced landing and made a MAYDAY call on the Blackpool Radar frequency. The pilot made a successful landing into a grass field, but during the ground roll the wheels dug into the soft ground and the aircraft momentarily pitched over onto its nose before settling upright. The pilot shut down the aircraft and he and his passenger vacated normally.

Following the aircraft’s recovery a maintenance organisation attempted to download the recorded FADEC data but this was unsuccessful. At the time of writing no further examination of the engine or FADEC had been carried out".

Damage sustained to airframe: Damage to propeller, and right wing leading edge dent. All of which seems to have rendered the airframe as "damaged beyond economic repair", and the remains turned up by 19/09/2012 at Bournemouth Airport; possibly for component recovery and "parting out" (scrapping), although still present in January 2014



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


Photo of D-EFUC courtesy

18 September 2011; (c) Malcolm Clarke

Revision history:

16-Sep-2015 17:33 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Jan-2017 21:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 13:53 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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