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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31986
Last updated: 4 November 2019
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Time:14:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche
Owner/operator:Uniform Oscar Group
Registration: G-ARUO
C/n / msn: 24-2427
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Enstone Airport, Enstone, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:White Waltham, Maidenhead, Berkshire (EGLM)
Destination airport:Enstone, Oxfordshire (EGTN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 19 March 2000 when crashed on landing at Enstone, Oxfordshire.
According to the AAIB report into the incident:

"The aircraft took off from White Waltham, and flew to Enstone Airfield, Oxfordshire, to visit a maintenance company for a CAA inspection and flight test to be carried out. The company owned a hangar with an unlicensed grass strip in front orientated at 240, offset at some 20 to the main paved Runway 26 at Enstone. Between the paved runway and the grass strip there was a fence constructed of wooden posts and plain wire. The approach to the grass strip was between some trees and a control tower sited close to the threshold end.

The pilot had made one previous visit to the airfield in the company of a more experienced pilot and had also received a telephone briefing. He had some concern about using the grass strip but felt that because he was inbound to the maintenance company that he ought to do so. On arrival at Enstone he first carried out one approach and go-around. He then made an approach to the grass strip and touched down at an angle of 20 to the direction of the strip, on an approximate heading of 220. It was his intention after touchdown to slow down the aircraft sufficiently to be able to turn onto 260 and continue the landing roll parallel to the fence and the paved runway.

On landing the aircraft was seen to bounce several times by observers, and then to settle and continue to run in the direction of landing. The pilot stated that after landing he was unable to turn the aircraft enough and it continued to run in a straight line until it hit the fence between the runways.

The left wing of the aircraft struck a fence post slewing the aircraft through the fence. It came to rest on the tarmac runway where the pilot was able to shutdown and switch off before getting out.

There was considerable damage to the airframe of the aircraft but the pilot was able to use the normal exit. A fire truck was on hand to assist but no fire started."

The aircraft was so badly damaged that the registration G-ARUO was cancelled by the CAA on 18 July 2000. The wreckage was photograph at Farley Farm, near Winchester on 8 August 2014 (see link #5)


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
6. G-ARUO at Elstree 1986:

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

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
04-Feb-2015 03:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
04-Feb-2015 03:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
01-Nov-2015 00:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Embed code]
07-Jul-2016 19:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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