Accident Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee F G-AYUH, Monday 21 August 2023
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Date:Monday 21 August 2023
Time:08:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee F
Owner/operator:Broadland Flying Group Ltd
Registration: G-AYUH
MSN: 28-7105042
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Stanley Hall, off Pebmarsh Road, near Halstead, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Old Buckenham Airfield, Old Buckenham, Norfolk
Destination airport:Earls Colne Airport (EGSR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee F suffered an engine power loss and crashed in a field near Stanley Hall, off Pebmarsh Road, near Halstead, Essex. The sole 70-year old pilot died and the aircraft was destroyed by fire.

UPDATE: The AAIB Investigation into the incident was published on 27 June 2024, and the following is the summary from the AAIB Report:

Whilst approaching Earls Colne Airfield, the pilot of G-AYUH encountered weather that was not compatible with flight under VFR. The airfield was in fog, but this was not relayed to the pilot when he requested airfield details. Following an attempted track reversal manoeuvre and climb, the aircraft departed from controlled flight and struck trees and terrain, fatally injuring the pilot.

Safety action has been taken by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the operator of Earls Colne Airfield. The CAA Published a Safety Notice and a Supplementary Amendment to CAP 452 to highlight those occasions when radio operators should provide pilots with additional information for the purpose of alerting them to hazards and avoiding immediate danger. The airfield operator introduced additional processes to provide guidance to radio operators on reporting of weather conditions at the airfield to pilots.

=AAIB Conclusion=
The accident happened when the aircraft struck trees and terrain after departing from controlled flight. This was as a result of the aircraft entering meteorological conditions which were not compatible with VFR and were beyond the pilot’s experience and capabilities.

Meteorological forecasts available prior to the flight indicated the likelihood of low cloud and fog in the vicinity of the destination airfield. There was no evidence that the pilot had contacted Earls Colne on the morning of the flight to confirm the prevailing weather conditions.

When the pilot requested the airfield details, the radio operators at Earls Colne did not inform him that the airfield was in fog. They had formed a collective view that in providing an AGCS, the privileges of the ROCC did not permit them to pass meteorological information to an aircraft in flight unless it had first been relayed to them from another aircraft.

The investigation identified an inconsistency in CAP 452 which permitted providers of an Operational Control Communications Service, which does not require radio operators to hold a ROCC, to pass ‘Meteorological advice of immediate concern to an aircraft in flight or about to depart’. This contrasted with operators of an AGCS who were not explicitly empowered to provide pilots with such information for the purpose of alerting them to hazards and avoiding immediate danger.

Examination of the aircraft did not identify any pre-existing defects or anomalies that may have contributed to the accident.

=Damage Sustained to airframe=
Per the above AAIB Report "aircraft destroyed". As a result, the CAA cancelled the registration G-AYUH (with the airframe being de-registered) on 27 February 2024 as "destroyed"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 9 months
Download report: Final report


1. AAIB Report:
2. G=AYUH History 1971-1973:

History of this aircraft

This Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee F was built in 1970, and was first UK registered (from new) as G-AYUH on 17 March 1971. Between 17 March 1971 and 21 June 2006, G-AYUH has passed through the hands of seven successive civilian owners. As at 2 March 2023, G-AYUH had accumulated a total of 3096 flying hours on the airframe.

After the incident at Halstead on 21 August 2023, G-AYUH was so severely damaged that it was considered \"destroyed\". Therefore, the CAA cancelled the registration G-AYUH (with the airframe being de-registered) on 27 February 2024 as \"destroyed\"



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Revision history:

21-Aug-2023 10:57 gerard57 Added
21-Aug-2023 11:51 gerard57 Updated
21-Aug-2023 12:37 RobertMB Updated
21-Aug-2023 17:08 Dr. John Smith Updated
21-Aug-2023 17:09 harro Updated
21-Aug-2023 19:25 Aerossurance Updated
23-Aug-2023 11:17 Aerossurance Updated
26-Aug-2023 06:34 Dr. John Smith Updated
26-Aug-2023 07:15 RobertMB Updated
27-Aug-2023 05:23 Dr. John Smith Updated
02-Jul-2024 08:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
02-Jul-2024 08:20 ASN Updated [Embed code, Accident report]

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