Accident Piper PA-28-161 Cadet G-BRRM, Tuesday 16 January 2001
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Date:Tuesday 16 January 2001
Time:13:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-161 Cadet
Owner/operator:Robert Hugh Sellier
Registration: G-BRRM
MSN: 28-41260
Year of manufacture:1989
Engine model:Lycoming O-320-D3G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Rochester Airfield, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Rochester, Kent (RCS/EGTO)
Destination airport:Rochester, Kent (RCS/EGTO)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) in a landing accident on 16 January 2001: The aircraft joined the circuit at Rochester Airport to practice touch-and-go landings on Runway 34. The grass runway surface was generally wet but possibly waterlogged in parts: the Landing Distance Available (LDA) is 773 metres. The surface wind was variable at 5 knots and there was no other significant weather.

The handling pilot held a Private Pilot's Licence and had a total of 212 hours, 100 hours of which were on type. He was doing a routine 6 monthly dual check. When the aircraft was on the base leg, the instructor suggested that the pilot could use the first approach for "sighting purposes only" and go-around into the left hand visual circuit.

However, when the aircraft was on final approach, on the centre line and at the correct height and speed, it was decided to continue for a touch-and-go landing. The first two stages of flap were selected and the airspeed was reduced to about 70 knots. On landing, the aircraft initially "floated" but, the instructor reported, made a normal touchdown just before the midpoint of the runway.

The handling pilot then applied full power; at this point the instructor considered that there was sufficient runway available. However, it soon became apparent that the airspeed was not increasing normally and they were nearing the end of the runway. The instructor took control and lowered the flap lever to select the first stage of flap but missed the gate and selected the flap up.

He flew the aircraft off the runway at an airspeed of about 50 knots. Shortly afterwards, the left main landing gear struck the perimeter fence and detached. The aircraft lost speed, veered to the left and came to rest on some bushes and a wire mesh fence. Both occupants were wearing lap and diagonal upper torso restraint and escaped, with minor injuries, through the door."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report: "Damaged beyond economic repair: minor damage to vehicles on the ground". as a result, the registration G-BRRM was cancelled by the CAA on 14 June 2001 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/G2001/01/23
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

28 June 1998 G-BRRM Private 0 Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent w/o

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Jan-2015 17:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
13-Jul-2016 11:51 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
10-Feb-2018 14:30 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location]

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