Accident Cessna F150M (Reims) G-BFLM, Tuesday 14 January 1997
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Date:Tuesday 14 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna F150M (Reims)
Owner/operator:Cornwall Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-BFLM
MSN: 150-76352
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:1/2 mile NW of Bodmin Airfield, 4 miles NE of Bodmin, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Bodmin, Cornwall (EGLA)
Destination airport:Bodmin, Cornwall (EGLA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14 January 1997 when crashed on approach Bodmin Airfield, 4 miles North East of Bodmin, Cornwall, coming down 1/2 mile north west of the airfield. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot had intended to fly circuits at Bodmin Airfield where the runway in use was Runway 14, with a right hand circuit. The weather conditions included a surface wind of 140 degrees/10 knots and a visibility on the airfield of 8 to 10 km but with some patchy, light mist in the area.

After take off, at a height of 500 feet, the pilot commenced aright turn onto the crosswind leg and then realised that the visibility was poor when flying towards the sun. He therefore decided to complete a low level circuit and land as soon as possible. He began the downwind checks but had difficulty in finding the airfield, and was further distracted when another aircraft called that it was approaching finals.

Because he could not see this aircraft, the pilot decided to complete a left hand orbit on the downwind leg after which he briefly spotted the runway and repositioned for a landing. Shortly afterwards the aircraft struck the ground firmly and bounced over a hedge and stone wall before coming to rest in the next field; the pilot remembered hearing the stall warning immediately prior to impact.

The aircraft had suffered substantial damage to the propeller, the engine, the undercarriage, and the fuselage and the door had fallen off but the aircraft had remained upright throughout. The pilot, who was wearing a lap strap and diagonal harness, stepped out of the aircraft unaided. The aircraft had crashed half a mile north-west of the threshold of Runway 14."

The AAIB report confirms that the aircraft was "destroyed"; as a result the registration G-BFLM was cancelled by the CAA on 12 February 1997 as "destroyed"

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


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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Sep-2011 07:17 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Mar-2015 14:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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