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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66088
Last updated: 23 July 2020
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Date:05-MAY-1961
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic C182 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 182C
Owner/operator:Airwork Services Ltd
Registration: G-ARAA
C/n / msn: 52646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:St. Catherines Hill, Blackgang, Isle Of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Panshanger Aerodrome, Hertfordshire (EGLG)
Destination airport:Guernsey Airport, Guernsey, Channel Islands (GCI/EGJB)
Narrative:
On 5/5/61, G-ARAA, a Cessna 182C Skylane, crashed in bad weather on the 791-foot AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level) St Catherines Hill, Blackgang, Isle of Wight. All 3 on board were killed. According to a contemporary newspaper report (Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 6 May 1961):

"Three week-end flyers were killed when their three-seater monoplane crashed in fog on St. Catherine's Down at Blackgang, Isle of Wight, last night. They were on their way from Panshanger Aerodrome, near Hertford, to a week-end aircraft rally in the Channel Islands. The aircraft struck the down about 50 feet below the 600 foot summit, careered across the top of the down and overturned.

Names of the three killed were given as Peter David Llewellyn Rees, aged 27, single, pilot; his brother, John Llewellyn Rees, aged 24, single, both of Surrey Road, Bournemouth; and Nigel Barrington Pritchett, aged 26, single, Cassel Avenue, Westbourne, near Bournemouth. The aircraft, an American Cessna 182, was owned by Airwork Services Ltd. It had taken off from Portsmouth".

Registration officially cancelled by UK Civil Aviation Authority 16/6/1961 as "aircraft destroyed"

Sources:

1. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 06 May 1961
2. http://wight.hampshireairfields.co.uk/iowc.html
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ARAA-1.pdf
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ARAA-2.pdf
5. https://www.pprune.org/498738-post4.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Catherine's_Down
7. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16780.0
8. G-ARAA at Southampton (SOU/EGHI) on 16/3/1961: https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1043589


Images:


G-ARAAR at Panshanger in 1960 (c) Bob J Hobbs/NA3T

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jul-2009 23:29 VHKDK Added
03-Apr-2012 11:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 22:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 22:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Source]
10-Aug-2019 13:30 harro Updated [Photo]
30-Mar-2020 20:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2020 18:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source]

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