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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 243792
Last updated: 28 July 2021
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Time:16:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 185A Skywagon
Registration: G-BLOS
MSN: 185-0359
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pauncefoot Hill, Gardeners Lane, Romsey, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pauncefoot Hill, Gardeners Lane, Romsey, Hampshire
Destination airport:Sandown Airport (EGHN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Cessna 185A Skywagon, G-BLOS: Cessna 185A (G-BLOS), aircraft collided with trees shortly after takeoff Pauncefoot Airstrip, Romsey 7 October 2020. The AAIB Final Report was punlished on 1 July 2021, and the following is an excerpt from it

"The aircraft, a Cessna 185A Skywagon, was kept in a purpose-built hangar at a private airstrip near Romsey in Hampshire, U.K.. The pilot, who co-owned the aircraft, wheeled it out of its hangar and prepared it for a late afternoon flight to Sandown on the Isle of Wight. The wing fuel tanks were full and contained a total of 320 litres (84.5 USG) of Avgas. Having performed the pre‑flight checks, the pilot started the engine before taxiing to the runway. He completed the pre‑takeoff power checks before lining up on the runway for takeoff. He did note that during the engine power checks the propeller control was slow to react at first, but was satisfactory on a second and third check and gave him no further cause for concern. After takeoff the aircraft climbed normally at first with the pilot making a small heading change to the right as was his normal practice. The aircraft then appeared to level and start to gradually descend, with increasing ground speed, heading directly towards the trees.
The pilot has no recollection after the slight heading change but became vaguely aware of foliage passing the cockpit. At this point, the aircraft was striking the tree tops. This had the effect of slowing the aircraft as it descended through the tree canopy. The main portion of both wings detached as the aircraft collided with thicker tree trunks as it descended to the ground. The fuselage and remainder of the loosely attached right wing root were eventually brought to a stop within dense bushes on the ground. The accident site was approximately 1,000 metres from where the pilot had begun the takeoff roll.

Witnesses travelling along a nearby road saw the aircraft disappear into the trees. The emergency services were called, and, with some difficulty, they eventually located and gained access to the wreckage. The seriously injured and semi-conscious pilot was found lying partly out of the aircraft on the ground.

The AAIB investigation concluded that it is likely the pilot became incapacitated shortly after takeoff. This incapacitation meant that the pilot was unaware and/or unable to react to the descent of the aircraft. The aircraft descent began either due to the aircraft not being perfectly in trim for the climb, or as a result of an involuntary movement of the controls by the pilot. Examination of the pilotís medical records as well as the medical tests undergone after the accident did not show any condition that could have caused an incapacitation. It has therefore not been possible to establish an exact cause for the incapacitation."

=Damage Sustained to Airframe=
Per the above AAIB Report "Wings separated and significant fuselage damage". The damage was presumably severe enough to warrant the airfame as a "write off", as the registration G-BLOS was cancelled (de-registered) as "destroyed" on 24 May 2021.


1. AAIB Final Report:
6. G-BLOS at Compton Abbas (EGHA) on 14-9-2019:

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



Photo of G-BLOS courtesy

Compton Abbas (EGHA)
14 September 2019; (c) Howard J Curtis

Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

10-Oct-2020 17:02 harro Added
15-Oct-2020 23:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Oct-2020 23:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
01-Jul-2021 18:10 harro Updated [Registration, Narrative, Accident report]
01-Jul-2021 18:12 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]
01-Jul-2021 19:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Jul-2021 15:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Category]
28-Jul-2021 15:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Jul-2021 15:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Damage]
28-Jul-2021 15:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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