Accident Piper PA-36-375 Pawnee Brave G-BIPJ, Saturday 11 June 1983
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Date:Saturday 11 June 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-36-375 Pawnee Brave
Registration: G-BIPJ
MSN: 36-7802064
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Halland Park, near Lewes, East Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Halland Park, near Lewes, East Sussex
Destination airport:Halland Park, near Lewes, East Sussex
Investigating agency: AIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Ex-PH-ZEY (1978-81); first UK registered as G-BIPJ on 13/2/1981. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 11/6/1983 when crashed on the landing run during agricultural (crop spraying/top dressing) operations at Halland Park, near Lewes, East Sussex. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"After landing at the private Farm Strip (at Halland Park, near Lewes, East Sussex) the spray boom made contact with the standing wheat crop. This caused the right wing to drop, and the left wing to rise, and the aircraft swung approximately 60 degrees to the right of the landing direction. The left wing then dropped with sufficient force to remove the left landing gear. The pilot was uninjured, and there was no fire"

Damage to airframe: The AAIB report confirmed "substantial damage - to propeller, left main landing gear, both wing tips, and spraying equipment". It is presumed that the damage was enough to render G-BIPJ as "damaged beyond economic repair, as the registration was cancelled by the CAA, albeit over a year later, on 3/8/1984.

It should also be noted that the accident took place in the same area where Piper PA-25-235 G-BEAE crashed just three days earlier (on 8/6/1983)

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


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Revision history:

29-Oct-2015 02:25 Dr.John Smith Added

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