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Last updated: 16 May 2021
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Date:03-NOV-2020
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic C152 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 152
Owner/operator:Tatenhill Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-TALA
MSN: 15285134
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tatenhill Airfield (EGBM), Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Tatenhill Airport (EGBM)
Destination airport:Tatenhill Airport (EGBM)
Narrative:
Cessna 152 G-TALA was substantially damaged 3 November 2020 at Tatenhill Airfield, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. Upon landing, the aircraft touched down 200 metres short of Runway 26, and the aircraft flipped upside down. Eyewitness reports are that the engine stopped on the downwind leg of the final approach. Cause of incident is suspected to be engine failure due to fuel starvation. The pilot survived the crash. According to a contemporary local newspaper report (Derby Telegraph 4 November 2020 - see link #2):

"Small plane crashes at Staffordshire airfield
Emergency services were called to the scene

A light aircraft has crashed at an East Staffordshire airfield which left the plane upside down, it has been revealed. The aircraft crashed at Tatenhill Airfield, near Burton, yesterday afternoon, Tuesday, November 3.

However, the pilot had a lucky escape from the accident and had managed to climb out of the downed aircraft before emergency services arrived on the scene. The pilot was checked over by paramedics at the scene of the incident.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has shared a picture on social media from the incident. It shows the front of the white aircraft badly damaged with the tail end sticking up in the air. The aircraft appears to be upside down as the wings are resting on the ground and the landing wheels sticking up in the air, with both of the doors open.

As well as the fire service, crews from the West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Midlands Air Ambulance were also called to the scene. A spokesman for the fire service said: "The pilot of this light aircraft has had a lucky escape, when their plane crashed at Tatenhill Airfield.

"@MMA_charity and @OFFICIALWMAS on scene quickly checking the pilot who had climbed out before our arrival."

UPDATE 11/2/2021: The incident was aslo the subject of an AAIB Correspondence-only Investigation, andc the following is the summary from that investigation:

"The pilot planned to fly two or three circuits and calculated that the fuel on board was sufficient for the flight. After encountering improving weather when airborne the pilot left the circuit for a short local flight. On returning to the circuit the engine spluttered and stopped. Whilst gliding to land the nosewheel caught a sapling in the hedge at the end of the runway and the aircraft was flipped onto its roof. The pilot sustained minor injuries".

Sources:

1. https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/news/plane-crash-roof-tatenhill-airfield-4665681
2. https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/small-plane-crashes-staffordshire-airfield-4666768
3. https://www.staffordshire-live.co.uk/news/small-plane-crashes-staffordshire-airfield-4666768
4. https://arffwg.org/news/plane-ends-up-on-roof-after-crashing-at-staffordshire-airfield/
5. https://www.pprune.org/accidents-close-calls/636541-c150-down-tatenhill.html
6. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/9156491
7. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/aaib-record-only-investigations-november-december-2020/aaib-record-only-investigations-reviewed-november-december-2020

Media:

Cessna 152 G-TALA at Gloucestershire Airport 13 July 2016:G-TALA Cessna 152 (27756503663)G-TALA Cessna 152 (24757625080)

Images:

Photo of G-TALA courtesy AirHistory.net


Nottingham (EGBN / NQT)
20 November 2019; (c) Don Bennett

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Nov-2020 17:51 gerard57 Added
03-Nov-2020 18:27 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Source]
03-Nov-2020 20:29 Andrew Simmonds Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
03-Nov-2020 20:33 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source]
03-Nov-2020 21:59 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2020 23:59 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Narrative]
06-Nov-2020 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Nov-2020 00:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
06-Nov-2020 00:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
11-Feb-2021 16:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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