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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246746
Last updated: 16 June 2021
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Time:16:30 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-24-180 Comanche
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc Trustee
Registration: N5839P
MSN: 24-920
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Compton Abbas, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Compton Abbas Airport (EGHA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
AAIB investigation to Piper PA-24-180 Comanche, N5839P: Undercarriage collapsed on roll out from landing, Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset, 13 September 2020. The AAIB Final Report was published on 14 January 2021, and the following is the summary from it:

"N5839P was being positioned via an overhead join for an approach to land on Runway 26. When the landing gear was selected down there was a sudden smell of burning. The pilot, believing there was a fire or an imminent risk of fire, immediately made an emergency call to ATC and positioned the aircraft for a shortened approach. The aircraft touched down normally and rolled on its landing gear for around 80 metres before it collapsed and the aircraft slid along on its belly. Once the aircraft came to a halt, the occupants vacated the aircraft with the fire service in attendance. Initial enquires suggested the landing gear failed to lock down due to a burnt-out electrical gear motor.

When the burning smell became apparent to the pilot, he made sure that he was positioned to land as soon as possible, informed ATC of his emergency and asked for the fire truck to attend. Having completed the landing, both he and his passenger evacuated the aircraft as quickly as they could. The aircraft landed safely and neither occupant was injured. The aircraft suffered damage to the propeller, engine, exhaust and underside".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to propeller, engine, exhaust and underside of fuselage"


1. AAIB Final Report:
2. FAA Registration:
4. N5839P at Compton Abbas (EGHA) 5 September 2020:
5. N5839P at Compton Abbas (EGHA) 26 September 2020 (post accident): (note damage to propeller)

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report


Photo of N5839P courtesy

Compton Abbas (EGHA)
26 September 2020; (c) Howard J Curtis

Revision history:

14-Jan-2021 17:05 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jan-2021 20:39 harro Updated [Source, Accident report]

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