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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66552
Last updated: 21 January 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-160 Apache
Owner/operator:Westway Air Taxis
Registration: G-ASHC
C/n / msn: 23-1319
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Aintree Racecourse, Merseyside -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Luton Airport, Befordshire (LTN/EGGW)
Destination airport:Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool
Crashed in Melling, near Aintree village, on Grand National Day. One of the passengers was the prominent journalist and broadcaster Nancy Spain. Another passenger was Spain's companion Joan Werner Laurie, who was the editor of the magazine 'She' and an accomplished rally driver and navigator. She was also learning to fly. The CAA accident report stated that passenger interference could not be ruled out as a cause of the accident.

Passauer Neue Presse 23 March 1964, p2


Photo: Dave Thaxter

Revision history:

22-Jul-2009 01:55 VHKDK Added
05-May-2010 22:24 angels one five Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
05-May-2010 23:12 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
07-Jul-2010 03:01 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
26-May-2012 13:23 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants]
05-Aug-2012 16:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
11-Feb-2013 02:37 malcolm133 Updated [Narrative]
10-Mar-2013 05:06 harro Updated [[Narrative]]
29-Oct-2014 11:15 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jan-2016 20:25 signalnorth Updated [Narrative]
10-May-2018 13:15 angels one five Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]

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