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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202722
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Date:08-DEC-2017
Time:c. 12:46 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Aquila A210 AT01
Owner/operator:Aerowest Flug Center GmbH
Registration: D-ERMM
C/n / msn: AT01-108
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Ith Ridge (Weserbergland), near Coppenbrügge -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:EDWO Osnabrück-Atterheide
Destination airport:EDVE Braunschweig
Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Narrative:
On the day of the event, an Aquila AT01 aircraft was to be transferred from the Osnabrück-Atterheide airfield (EDWO) to Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport (EDVE) after scheduled maintenance work. For this two pilots took off with a plane of the same type at about 10:15 am in Braunschweig and flew to Osnabrück-Atterheide. There they landed at 11:34 am. The to be transferred aircraft was already standing on the apron ready for collection. After a short break one pilot flew the shuttle plane back to Braunschweig at 12:06.
This pilot stated that a student had been waiting for him there from 13:00. He chose a route north of the Wiehen and Weser mountains, along the Mittellandkanal. South of his flight route the weather was partly "worse and darker".
The accident pilot took over the aircraft from the maintenance company and took off from Osnabrück Atterheide towards Braunschweig at 12:15 pm.
He chose a route south of the Wiehen and Weser mountains, along the villages of Melle, Porta Westfalica, Rinteln and Hameln. Due to a thunderstorm cell in the area of Braunschweig-Wolfsburg Airport, the first pilot to take off in a shuttle plane had to delay his landing.
For this purpose he turned west of the Braunschweig control zone and flew the airport a few minutes later, coming from the north, via the waypoint November 1.
Due to the delay he was surprised that the second pilot had not yet registered via radio for landing in Braunschweig. The shuttle pilot landed at 13:07 in Braunschweig. Afterwards he flew with the already waiting student some circuits. Via radio he communicated with the Braunschweig tower about the overdue aircraft. Both the personnel of the traffic management (GAT) in Braunschweig and an office worker of the owner tried to clarify the whereabouts of the aircraft by telephone. Therefore, the starting airfield and the airfields along the assumed flight route were called. At 15:13, the aircraft or pilot from the Braunschweig tower was reported missing at SAR.
On the following day around 16:00 o'clock the missing plane, approx. 1,5 km northeast of Bisperode and about 650 m north of the Ith Tower, on the west side of the Ith. The pilot was fatally injured in the destroyed plane.

Conclusions:
The aircraft accident was due to an entry in marginal visual flight conditions into the high vegetation on the west side of the Ith.

Sources:

http://www.nw.de/nachrichten/thema/22000574_Kleinflugzeug-im-Weserbergland-vermisst-Absturz-befuerchtet.html
http://www.ndz.de/blaulicht/blaulicht-bad-muender_artikel,-flugzeugsuche-im-suentel-geht-weiter-_arid,2423607.html
http://www.ndr.de/nachrichten/niedersachsen/hannover_weser-leinegebiet/Schnee-erschwert-Suche-nach-Kleinflugzeug,kleinflugzeug122.html
https://www.presseportal.de/blaulicht/pm/57895/3811183

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BFU Germany
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Dec-2017 08:36 copi Added
09-Dec-2017 09:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Dec-2017 09:18 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2017 15:19 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2017 16:44 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
09-Dec-2017 17:46 gerard57 Updated [Damage]
09-Dec-2017 18:38 anonymous Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
09-Dec-2017 23:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Embed code]
09-Dec-2017 23:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
10-Dec-2017 10:16 Anon. Updated [Location]
15-Nov-2018 16:06 harro Updated [Time, Nature, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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