Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cessna F172M, United Kingdom registration G-ROUP: Accident occurred July 21, 2012 in Portreath, United Kingdom

NTSB Identification: CEN12WA478 
 14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Portreath, United Kingdom
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: G-ROUP
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors.

On July 21, 2012, at 1421 UTC, a Cessna F172M, United Kingdom registration G-ROUP, was substantially damaged when it impacted a cliff near Portreath, Cornwall, England. A post impact fire ensued. The pilot, the sole person on board was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight which departed Perranporth Airfield.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the British government. Any further information may be obtained from:

Air Accidents Investigations Branch
Farnborough House
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1252 510300
Facsimile: +44 (0) 1252 376999

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch of England.

Police officers investigate the burnt out wreckage of the light aircraft which crashed into the cliffs at Nancekuke, near Portreath, in Cornwall. Witnesses reported seeing the plane on fire before it crashed

The plane can be seen at the top of the cliffs at Nancekuke. Police have not yet named the man but have said they believe he is from nearby St Austell

A pilot has died after his light aircraft smashed into a cliff off the coast of Cornwall and burst into flames. 

The plane had just taken off from a nearby airfield and flew into the cliff at a beauty spot known as Sheep Rock, Nancekuke, near picturesque Portreath.

Witnesses reported how the plane was surrounded by flames, believed to have started when fuel from its ruptured tanks caught fire.

'We do not currently believe there are any other people involved or injured as a result of the collision.

'The Air Accident Investigations Branch have been informed and investigations at the scene are continuing.'

Police say the pilot’s identity will not be released until this next of kin are informed.

They expect teams from the Air Accident Investigations Branch to take over the case today.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: 'We received a call from a member of the public in regards to a light aircraft which had been seen in collision with cliffs near Sheep Rock outside of Portreath.

'We mobilised four major appliances, four special appliances and two Land Rovers from Redruth, Camborne, Truro, Falmouth, Perranporth and St Just.

'On the crews’ arrival they discovered the wreckage of a light aircraft and several fires around the crash site.'

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