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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 179613
Last updated: 18 November 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
Registration: G-BOHU
C/n / msn: 38-80A0031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elstree Aerodrome, Elstree, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Denham, Buckinghamshire (EGLD)
Destination airport:Elstree, Hertfordshire (EGTR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 9/8/2012 when crashed on landing at Elstree Aerodrome, Elstree, Hertfordshire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was landing after a short flight from Denham to Elstree, halfway through a multi-leg trip from the aircraft’s base at Swansea. On board were two qualified pilots, who were exchanging the pilot-in-command role on each leg.

The weather was fine, with a forecast wind from the north-west at 3 kt. The wind for landing was assessed as variable in direction at less than 5 knots. Runway 08 was being used, which was 651 metres long and 20 metres wide, with an overall down slope of 1.3%. The pilot experienced some difficulty achieving target approach speed and executed a go-around from his first two approaches.

On the third approach, the aircraft touched down at a higher speed than was intended and started a sharp yaw to the left, which the pilot was unable to control. The nosewheel departed the paved surface, causing the aircraft to decelerate and yaw further left, during which the nose landing gear collapsed and the propeller was damaged.

Both occupants were uninjured, and vacated the aircraft in the normal manner. The pilot considered that difficulties achieving the target approach speed and his aircraft handling during the landing were the factors involved in the outcome".

Damage sustained to airframe: Nose landing gear and propeller damaged. Despite the apparent minor nature of the damage sustained, the aircraft was deemed "beyond economic repair", and the registration G-BOHU was cancelled by the CAA on 28/11/2012 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


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2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

16-Sep-2015 18:27 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Jan-2017 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Embed code]

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