Accident Beechcraft B55 Baron G-BRAD, Friday 8 January 1988
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Date:Friday 8 January 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft B55 Baron
Registration: G-BRAD
MSN: TC-915
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:7.5 miles from Dundee Airport, Dundee, Tayside -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Norwich Airport (NWI/EGSH)
Destination airport:Dundee Airport, Tayside (DND/EGPN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Ex-SE-EKO from 5 July 1965; to OY-ANN, 5 December 1975. UK registered as G-BRAD on 19 January 1978. Written off (destroyed) 8 January 1988 when underwent a CFIT (Controlled Flight Into Terrain) on high ground seven-and-a-half miles from Dundee Airport, Dundee, Tayside. Apparently, the aircraft descended too quickly and was below minimum safe altitude on approach, insufficient to clear the high ground.

According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft had crashed on high ground on the extended [Dundee Airport] runway centre line, at a range of about 7.5 miles from the extended runway threshold. A 3.5 degree angle of descent based on the DME, which indicates zero at touchdown, would have a required height of 2,570 feet at 7 miles from touchdown, and 2,230 feet at 6 miles.

The flight guide used by the pilot contained a Note: 'Final approach segment crosses high ground. DO NOT descend below proscribed minimum altitudes'"

Per the AAIB report, G-BRAD sustained "substantial" damage; as a result the registration was cancelled by the CAA on 27 April 1988 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

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


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2. CAA:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
28-Feb-2015 22:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
05-Jun-2023 06:56 Ron Averes Updated
06-Jun-2023 06:13 Ron Averes Updated

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