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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220484
Last updated: 2 December 2019
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Date:03-JAN-2019
Time:13:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C195 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 195
Owner/operator:Spirit In The Sky Inc
Registration: N1581D
C/n / msn: 7864
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Colestocks Farm, Honiton, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Dunkeswell Airport (EGTU)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
As the pilot tried to perform an emergency landing in a field at Colestocks Farm, Honiton, Devon, due to an unspecified "mechanical failure", the aircraft flipped upside down. The pilot - said to be "in his 40s and from Exeter" was uninjured. Some press reports indicate that the aircraft overturned due to the main wheels becoming embedded in soft ground on touchdown.

UPDATE: The official AAIB report into the incident was published on 13 June 2019, and the following is an exscerpt from it...

"Cessna 195, N1581D: Engine failure and forced landing, Colestocks, East Devon, 3 January 2019.

The aircraft was being flown from Dunkeswell Airfield to Branscombe Airfield in Devon in good weather with the wind calm, CAVOK and QNH 1004 hPa. Shortly after departure, the engine began to lose power from which it recovered briefly before suffering a total power loss at a position where turning back to the airfield was not an option. The pilot flew towards the lower ground to the west and checked the mixture, throttle and fuel pumps. He moved the fuel tank selector to the left, right and then both tanks in turn and recycled both magnetos, all to no effect. He made an approach to a large field, touching down briefly on the soft ground before allowing the aircraft to fly down the gentle slope and touch down again on a gentle upslope. The wheels began to dig in and, on crossing some slightly firmer ground, the pilot thought that the tail was lowering normally. However, the wheels dug in heavily and the aircraft nosed over onto its back. The pilot was uninjured and able to exit the aircraft through the normal door. No cause for the engine problem was identified."

Damage sustained to airframe: The the above AAIB report "Propeller, fuselage and cockpit glazing damaged"

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5ce3dc9ded915d2480cf131f/Cessna_195_N1581D_06-19.pdf
2. https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/news/local-news/live-plane-crash-devon-honiton-2386582
3. https://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/plane-flips-over-during-crash-landing-in-hontion-field-breaking-1-5838976
4. Cessna 195 International Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cessna195/
5. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1582591 (photo)
6. https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=N1581D
7. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-devon-46672345
8. http://www.radioexe.co.uk/news-and-features/local-news/plane-crashes-in-east-devon/
9. https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/search-for-distress-signal-is-plane-sailing-for-Ofcom-engineer

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report

Cessna 195 N1581B (lower right picture)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jan-2019 15:30 gerard57 Added
03-Jan-2019 15:48 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2019 15:54 RobertMB Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2019 20:04 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2019 10:05 mojga Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
04-Jan-2019 17:17 RobertMB Updated [Source]
04-Jan-2019 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2019 16:22 Aerossurance Updated [Departure airport, Source]
14-Jun-2019 17:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jun-2019 17:20 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Accident report, ]

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