Accident American Aviation AA-1 Yankee G-AYHB, Friday 1 January 1971
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Date:Friday 1 January 1971
Time:15:35 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AA1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
American Aviation AA-1 Yankee
Owner/operator:Air Navigation and Trading Co Ltd Flying Club
Registration: G-AYHB
MSN: AA1-0397
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Preesall, near Blackpool, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Blackpool, Lancashire (BLK/EGNH)
Destination airport:Blackpool, Lancashire (BLK/EGNH)
Investigating agency: AIB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
American Aviation AA-1 Yankee G-AYHB: First registered in the UK (C of R R.11680/1) on 21/7/1970 to General Aviation Sales Ltd., Jersey, Channel Islands. Operated by Air Navigation and Trading Co Ltd Flying Club at Squire's Gate, Blackpool, Lancashire, but lasted less than six months on the UK civil register

Written off (destroyed) 1/1/1971 when failed to pull out of a spin, and dived into the ground at Preesall, near Blackpool, Lancashire. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The accident occurred during a local instructional flight from Blackpool airport. About twenty minutes after take-off the aircraft was seen flying some ten miles north of Blackpool at about 3,000 feet; its engine was running normally.

Shortly after turning on to a southerly heading the aircraft went into a right hand spin. After some six turns of the spin there was an apparent attempt to recover but it was unsuccessful and the aircraft began to spin again in the same direction. Three or more turns were observed before the aircraft went out of sight. It was found to have struck the ground in a nose-down attitude, in a manner consistent with having been spinning to the right. Both the occupants were killed and the aircraft was destroyed but there was no fire".

The official AAIB report names the two fatalities as Roderick John Turner (Flying Instructor. aged 24) and John Hampson Smith (Student Pilot Under Training, aged 19).

Registration G-AYHB cancelled by the CAA on 1/1/1971 as "destroyed"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
22-May-2008 07:10 JINX Updated
29-Aug-2012 14:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2015 22:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
18-Oct-2015 18:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2020 16:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Accident report]

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