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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199471
Last updated: 2 August 2020
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Date:06-SEP-2017
Time:18:29 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Owner/operator:Sky West Aviation Inc Trustee
Registration: N250AC
C/n / msn: 31-7612040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Fairbanks Farm, Antrobus, Cheshire
Destination airport:Weston Airport (EIWT)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Approximately 20 minutes after takeoff from a private airstrip in Cheshire the pilot reported pitch control problems and stated his intention to divert to Caernarfon Airport. Approximately 5 minutes later, the aircraft struck Runway 25 at Caernarfon Airport, with landing gear and flaps retracted, at high speed, and with no noticeable flare manoeuvre. The aircraft was destroyed. The elevator trim was found in a significantly nose-down position, and whilst the reason for this could not be determined, it is likely it would have caused the pilot considerable difficulty in maintaining control of the aircraft.

The extensive fire damage to the wreckage and the limited recorded information made it difficult to determine the cause of this accident with a high level of confidence. A possible scenario is a trim runaway, and both the CAA and the EASA are taking safety action to promote awareness for trim runaways as a result of this accident.

Sources:

1. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/642962/Caernarfon-Airport-plane-crash-Wales-explosion-Dinas-Dinlle-North-Wales-Police
2. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-41180580
3. https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/caernarfon-crash-plane-made-diversion-13584469
4. https://www.facebook.com/notes/north-wales-police/light-aircraft-collision-at-caernarfon-airport/10155118776608877/
5. https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/well-known-businessman-who-airstrip-13594475
6. http://www.abct.org.uk/airfields/airfield-finder/antrobus-fairbank-farm/
7. http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=250A
8. http://web.archive.org/web/20171128051705/http://www.baaa-acro.com:80/2017/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-310-navajo-in-caernarfon-1-killed
9. http://bristowgroup.com/bristow-news/latest-news/2017/bristow-engineers-first-scene-fight-fire-after-civ/
10. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aaib-current-field-investigations/air-accidents-investigation-branch-current-field-investigations

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of N250AC courtesy AirHistory.net


Northampton - Sywell (EGBK / ORM)
30 May 2015; (c) Mick Bajcar


Liverpool (John Lennon) Airport, (EGGP), Lancashire, UK. - 28th July 2008

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Sep-2017 20:25 Geno Added
07-Sep-2017 07:07 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
07-Sep-2017 10:18 gerard57 Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
07-Sep-2017 11:04 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
07-Sep-2017 12:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
07-Sep-2017 13:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Sep-2017 15:59 Aerossurance Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
09-Sep-2017 13:37 NWUK Updated [Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Source]
11-Sep-2017 11:16 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Sep-2017 18:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
19-Sep-2017 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Sep-2017 22:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Oct-2017 15:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Oct-2018 21:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 21:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]
03-Dec-2018 21:13 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2019 17:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
14-Mar-2019 18:16 harro Updated [Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]
17-Mar-2019 22:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
24-Jul-2020 16:04 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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