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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66481
Last updated: 21 July 2020
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Date:28-APR-1963
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-ASCR
C/n / msn: 27-2215
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Worlebury Hill, Worlebury, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Halfpenny Green, Bobbington, Stourbridge (EGBO)
Destination airport:Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
Narrative:
After flying above cloud from Halfpenny Green to Weston-Super-Mare, a let down was made over the Bristol Channel with a view to making a visual approach to the aerodrome. During the descent, cloud was entered at 2,000 feet, and the sea was not visible until the aircraft was down to 300 or 400 feet. Because of the poor visibility, the pilot decided to climb to 1,500 feet, and to make an approach using Decca.

When the aircraft had let down to about 300 feet, on a heading of 240 degrees magnetic. and was about 1/2 mile from the aerodrome boundary a hill of the same height was suddenly sighted ahead. (The 358-feet (109-metre) high Worlebury Hill, at approximate Coordinates 5121′28″N 258′49″W). The control column was pulled back, and full power applied, but the aircraft struck the ground and knocked down a large section of stone wall before turning over.

The three persons on board (pilot and two passengers) survived but with serious injuries. The registration G-ASCR was cancelled by the CAA on 04-06-1963 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ASCR.pdf
2. Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA
3. Wings Over Somerset: A Record of Aircraft Crashes With A Somerset Connection By Peter Forrester
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worlebury_Hill


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
20-Jul-2009 01:05 VHKDK Added
12-May-2012 15:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2015 15:59 harro Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2016 22:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Aug-2016 15:28 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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