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Type:Silhouette image of generic FDCT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Flight Design CTSW
Owner/operator:CT Aviation Group
Registration: G-CFAZ
MSN: 8347
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Upper Wood House, Holmfirth Road, Greenfield, Saddleworth Moor -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Barton Airport, Lancashire (EGCB)
Destination airport:Shacklewell Lodge Airstrip, Leicestershire
Investigating agency: AAIB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Written off 08-10-2009 when crashed on Upper Wood House, Holmfirth Road, in the Greenfield area of Saddleworth Moor, near Oldham, Lancashire: the pilot (the sole person on board) was killed. The pilot was flying from Manchester Barton to Shacklewell Lodge, a small private airstrip near RAF Cottesmore. To the east of Manchester the aircraft descended rapidly and crashed into the ground at Saddleworth Moor, overlooking Dovestones Reservoir. probably as a result of a loss of control following an inadvertent entry into cloud. One Safety Recommendation was made, concerning baggage restraints. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot prepared the aircraft for a solo flight from Manchester Barton to Shacklewell Lodge, a small private airstrip near RAF Cottesmore, and placed three shotguns, in cases, into the rear of the aircraft; no ammunition was loaded into the aircraft.

The pilot started the engine and taxied to the holding point, where the aircraft was seen to stop and the engine was shut down. The pilot walked back towards the hangars and told the Chief Flying Instructor of his flying club that the electronic flight display in the aircraft had been left on prior to flight, that he had shut the aircraft down to resolve a ‘voltage problem’, and that now, the engine would not start. The pilot obtained assistance from an engineer and restarted the aircraft.

The aircraft took off without further incident at 08:42 hours, and the pilot transmitted to the aerodrome flight information service officer (AFISO) at Barton thathe was changing frequency to Manchester Approach. No transmission was made on the Manchester Approach frequency (it was usual for pilots departing Barton to monitor the Manchester frequency, without transmitting).

Later in the day, a member of the pilot’s family, who was expecting to meet him at Shacklewell Lodge, telephoned a local air traffic control unit to express concern that the aircraft had not arrived. Overdue action was taken, and Search and Rescue operations began.

At about 15:30 hours, two farmers found the wreckage of the aircraft, and reported it to the police. The wreckage was on Saddleworth Moor, on high ground to the east of Manchester, at an elevation of about 1,540 feet amsl. The aircraft had struck the ground close to the A635 on Saddleworth Moor, overlooking the Dovestones Reservoir, and had suffered significant disruption on impact, with the wreckage trail extending for 155 metres."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-CFAZ cancelled by the CAA as aircraft "destroyed" on 02-04-2009


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-CFAZ courtesy

Cosford (EGWC)
1 June 2008; (c) Trevor Thornton

Revision history:

09-Oct-2008 09:58 sirjjames Added
11-Oct-2008 01:36 RobertMB Updated
11-Oct-2008 09:23 JINX Updated
02-Dec-2008 10:27 Andrew Updated
11-Nov-2009 19:52 RobertMB Updated
12-Nov-2009 00:40 harro Updated
25-Oct-2012 16:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Nov-2014 20:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
28-Oct-2016 22:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2016 23:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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