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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188373
Last updated: 6 November 2021
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Time:15:25 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II
Owner/operator:Trustee of the GSVEA Group
Registration: G-SVEA
MSN: 28-7916082
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:A40, between Abergavenny and Raglan, Monmouthshire, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Abergavenny (Hardwick) Airfield, Monmouthshire
Destination airport:Abergavenny (Hardwick) Airfield, Monmouthshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft force landed to the central reservation of A40 road, sustaining substantial damage. The three occupants received minor injuries. No road vehicles were involved. Four fire crews attended the incident.

UPDATE: The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 10-11-2016, and the following is an extract from that report...

"This was intended to be a training flight, with the student conducting the takeoff. After completing the appropriate checks, 10 degrees of flap was set and full power was selected. The pilot released the brakes and commenced the takeoff roll on Runway 33. As the aircraft passed over the crest of a small hill, approximately halfway along the grass strip, it started to veer to the left. The left side of the runway is located close to a line of trees that borders the A40 trunk road and, in the instructor’s words, “there is not much room for error”.

The instructor took control and applied right rudder and aileron in an attempt to steer the aircraft away from the trees. The aircraft became prematurely airborne at around this time and the instructor pitched the nose down slightly and continued the climb, but the left wing started to contact some tree branches. Despite the application of more right rudder and aileron, the instructor felt the wing contact more branches.

His intention was to try to fly the aircraft away into the circuit but the wing continued to contact the trees. Finally, there was a loud bang from the left wing and the aircraft was violently rotated through 180° in a level attitude into the trees; it then exited the trees travelling backwards and landed nose first, right wing slightly down, on the A40 trunk road. The cabin of the aircraft was in the right-hand lane of the southeast-bound carriageway and the tail in the central reservation.

Fortunately no road traffic collided with the aircraft and the occupants exited the aircraft having received only minor injuries".

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial" damage sustained.


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


Revision history:

25-Jun-2016 18:45 Geno Added
25-Jun-2016 19:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Jun-2016 19:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Jun-2016 16:44 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Jul-2016 13:53 Anon. Updated [Phase]
10-Nov-2016 17:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2016 17:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Nov-2016 18:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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