Accident Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo N95RS, Friday 15 January 2010
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Date:Friday 15 January 2010
Time:14:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-31P Pressurized Navajo
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc.
Registration: N95RS
MSN: 31P-7400221
Year of manufacture:1974
Engine model:Lycoming TIGO-541
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Near the A4095 Grove Road in Bladon, near Oxford-Kidlington Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Oxford Airport, Kidlington, Oxfordshire (EGTK)
Destination airport:Oxford Airport, Kidlington, Oxfordshire (EGTK)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The aircraft took off from Oxford for a planned flight up to FL190. The reported visibility was 2,000 metres with a cloudbase of 200 feet. The pilot established two-way radio communication with Brize Radar and was cleared to climb to FL80. The controller observed the aircraft climb to around 1,500 feet then saw that it had started to descend. There were no further communications from the aircraft and two minutes later it crashed into a field.

The post mortem examination showed that the pilot had severe coronary heart disease and there was evidence to suggest that he may have been incapacitated, or died, prior to the collision with the ground. The passenger was a qualified private pilot but was not experienced with either the aircraft or flight in IMC.

The aircraft crashed in a field next to the A4095 road, near Bladon. Oxfordshire, and caught fire. It is reported to have taken off from Oxford Airport not long before. However, it took 1 hour and 40 minutes for the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service to put out the fire, due to the remote location. The aircraft was completely destroyed.

Thames Valley Police, the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the South Central Ambulance Service attended the accident. The fire crews had difficulty laying hoses to put out the fire, but they had arrived in enough time to extinguish the 30ft flames by 15:40 GMT. Four fire pumps responded

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed by post-impact fire". As a result, the registration N95RS was cancelled by the FAA on 26-08-2010

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Report number: EW/C2010/01/01
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/piper-pa-31p-pressurised-navajo-n95rs-15-january-2010
NTSB
3. FAA: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=95RS
4. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/oxfordshire/8461861.stm
5. http://www.witneygazette.co.uk/news/4854681.PLANE_CRASH__Aircraft_took_off_from_Oxford_Airport/
6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-11732768
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Macintosher/Bladon_Air_Accident
8. http://web.archive.org/web/20160622045837/http://www.baaa-acro.com/2010/archives/crash-of-a-piper-pa-31-navajo-chieftain-in-oxford-uk-2-killed/
9. http://www.thekathrynreport.com/2010/11/widow-criticizes-air-authorities-after.html

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2010 10:07 sharla Added
15-Jan-2010 10:56 harro Updated [Date]
15-Jan-2010 13:24 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
15-Jan-2010 13:26 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
15-Jan-2010 19:36 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
16-Jan-2010 06:54 Alpine Flight Updated [Operator]
11-Nov-2010 10:13 Anon. Updated [Source]
17-Oct-2012 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2014 01:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
16-Nov-2016 16:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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