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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76225
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SR20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cirrus SR20 SRV G2
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Consultancy Inc. Trustee
Registration: N470RD
MSN: 1636
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:West End, Hornton, near Banbury, north Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Turweston, Buckinghamshire (EGBT)
Destination airport:Weston, Ireland (EIWT)
Investigating agency: AAIB
On 10.08.2010, the CAPS emergency parachute of the Cirrus SR20 SRV G2, US registration N470RD, was activated due to "a sprial dive while pilot distracted, VFR pilot flying in low ceilings and visibility, CAPS Activation at 2,000 feet". The descent ended in a field at West End in Hornton, near Banbury, north Oxfordhire. (CAPS Event #24). During the scary adventure the aircraft (or its CAPS parachute) clipped some power lines and cut off the electricity in the neighbourhood. The aircraft descended into trees, which reduced the force of the impact. Both occupants escaped unhurt.

Per the official AAIB report: "The aircraft adopted an unusual attitude while the pilot’s attention was directed to the autopilot and GPS controls on the centre console. On recognising this unusual attitude, the pilot made a brief attempt to recover control before activating the aircraft’s ballistic recovery system. The aircraft descended under the parachute and landed in open ground.

The tree restricted the opening of the right side cabin door, but both occupants vacated the aircraft without difficulty, using the left side door. Neither occupant sustained injury and there was no fire. Members of the public arrived at the aircraft and gave assistance to the pilot and passenger.

The pilot made a 999 call to the Police, during which he told the police operator that he had “lost control”. Fire and rescue service personnel dealt with a fuel leak from a ruptured fuel tank."

Despite the AAIB report's conclusions that "Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Aircraft damaged beyond economic repair", this aircraft was later repaired, and attained a UK registration: becoming UK registered as G-CHPG with effect from 19.12.2012


1. AAIB:
3. FAA:
4. CAA:
9. G-CHPG (ex-N470RD0 at Compton Abbas, Dorset 06.05.2013:

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


Photo of N470RD courtesy

Dublin - Weston (EIWT)
4 June 2010; (c) Matthew McGrath

Revision history:

10-Aug-2010 19:18 RobertMB Added
12-Aug-2010 04:30 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
14-Oct-2012 10:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Dec-2014 11:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:51 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:52 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 14:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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