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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 239948
Last updated: 14 August 2020
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Date:25-MAY-2020
Time:12:16 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc Trustee
Registration: N2943D
C/n / msn: 28R-7918231
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Enstone Airfield, 4.5 nm east of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Enstone Airfield (EGTN)
Destination airport:Enstone Airfield (EGTN)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, N2943D: Landed with landing gear retracted, Enstone Airfield, 4.5 nm east of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, 25 May 2020. The AAIB final report was published on 13 August 2020, and the following is the summary and conclusions from it:

"Whilst on the downwind leg the pilot became distracted by a lower-level helicopter that appeared to be joining the circuit directly on the base leg. This led to an interruption in his pre-landing checks, before the landing gear would have been lowered. The landing gear remained retracted and the aircraft landed gear-up.

Conclusion
The pilot considered that the cause of the accident was his distraction on the downwind leg, due to the helicopter traffic that appeared to be ahead of him in the circuit. This led to an interruption in his pre-landing checks, which were being conducted from memory and not from the written check-list.

When the pre-landing checks were recommenced, he continued from the point that he thought he had reached, rather than starting again. He also stated that he had not carried out his usual ‘Mixture/Prop/Wheels - Red/Blue/Green’ memory check whilst on final approach.

The pilot had no recollection of the ‘wheels up/low revs’ warning buzzer during the base leg or final approach, but he did recall hearing it during the dead side descent, prior to joining the circuit."

Damage to airframe: The the AAIB report "Damage to propeller, right step, left flap and underside of fuselage"

Sources:

1. AAIB Final Report: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5f104d3de90e070316eda5c4/Piper_PA-28RT-201_Arrow_IV_N2943D_08-20.pdf
2. FAA US Registration: https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N2943D
3. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9150537
4. http://www.njfg.co.uk/
5. https://planefinder.net/data/aircraft/N2943D
6. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/registration/N2943D
7. https://www.airliners.net/photo/Untitled/Piper-PA-28RT-201-Arrow-IV/5214251/L .

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Images:

Photo of N2943D courtesy AirHistory.net


Blackbushe (EGLK / BBS)
17 August 2019; (c) Trevor Warne

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Aug-2020 18:27 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Aug-2020 18:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
13-Aug-2020 18:49 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]
14-Aug-2020 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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