Accident Nord NC.854S G-BGEW, Sunday 20 September 2009
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Date:Sunday 20 September 2009
Type:Nord NC.854S
Registration: G-BGEW
MSN: 63
Year of manufacture:1950
Engine model:Continental A65-8
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Whistlers Farm, Tangley, Approx 4 miles North of Andover, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Bourne Park, Hampshire
Destination airport:Popham, Hampshire (EGHP)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Crashed in a field at whistlers Farm, Tangley, Hants (Approx 4 miles North of Andover), and caught fire. After taking off, the aircraft was seen to climb over rising ground with a nose high attitude. Approximately 90 seconds later, at a height of between 250 ft and 300 ft agl, 1.5 nm to the west of the airfield, it departed from controlled flight and struck the ground in a steep nose down attitude whilst rotating to the left.

A post-impact fire ensued and the aircraft's structure was largely consumed. The aircraft's exhaust system was found to be in poor condition and the post mortem examination revealed that the pilot's blood contained an elevated level of carbon monoxide.

Both persons on board were killed: they were named in contemporary press reports as Peter Fitzmaurice, 67, of Boynes Wood Lane, Alton, Hampshire and Stuart Francis, 60, of Priors Cross Road, Camberley, Surrey.

Registration G-BGEW cancelled by the CAA on 28/04/2010 as aircraft "destroyed" and "Addressee Status: Deceased"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2009/09/02
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

20-Sep-2009 10:24 virginflyer Added
20-Sep-2009 10:27 harro Updated
20-Sep-2009 22:37 RobertMB Updated
21-Sep-2009 05:43 adrian Updated
21-Sep-2009 05:45 harro Updated
21-Sep-2009 19:18 RobertMB Updated
21-Sep-2009 20:59 Anon. Updated
21-Sep-2009 23:18 Geno Updated
22-Sep-2009 01:49 Anon. Updated
15-Oct-2012 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Dec-2014 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2016 23:58 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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