Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Piper PA-28R-201 Arrow III, G-CEOF: Fatal accident occurred May 25, 2017 in Skipness/Kintyre, Scotland, United Kingdom

Tony Woodward, Bob Archer and Peter Ogilvie took 9.5 hours to complete the Ben Nevis challenge

 Tony Woodward

NTSB Identification: CEN17WA199
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, May 25, 2017 in Skipness/Kintyre, Scotland, United Kingdom
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On May 25, 2017, about 1300 hours universal coordinated time, a Piper PA-28R-201, United Kingdom registration G-CEOF, impacted the sea near Skipness/Kintyre, Scotland, United Kingdom. The two occupants on-board were fatally injured. The flight departed Oban Airport (EGEO), with an intended destination of Carlisle Airport (EGNC).

The accident investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB). This report is for informational purposes and contains information released by or obtained from the government of the United Kingdom.

Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:
Air Accidents Investigation Branch
Farnborough House
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Website: http://www.aaib.gov.uk
Email: enquiries@aaib.gov.uk

We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of two dedicated fundraisers. Tony Woodward and Bob Archer, who had successfully completed a challenge to climb Ben Nevis last week to raise money for Shooting Star Chase, were involved in a tragic accident while travelling in a light aircraft on their journey home. 

 Tony’s company Mapcargo is very much part of the Shooting Star Chase family as one of our community business partners, and Tony had recently visited one of our hospices to see our work first hand.

Shooting Star Chase would like to express their sincere condolences to Tony and Bob’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.


Two men who died in a plane crash off the Kintyre peninsula had just completed an ascent of Ben Nevis for charity, it has emerged.

The bodies of Tony Woodward and Bob Archer were found with the wreckage of their plane after it failed to arrive in Carlisle.

They had left Oban after completing the 9.5 hour fundraising challenge for the Shooting Star Chase children's charity.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch is looking into the crash.

The alarm was raised after the light aircraft, which was being piloted by Mr Woodward, failed to reach its destination after taking off from Oban Airport at 11:30 on Thursday.

The crash happened about two miles off the coast, near Skipness.

Passionate fundraiser

The men, who were believed to be from Surrey, had taken part in the charity challenge with their friend, Peter Ogivie, on Tuesday.

He had written about their climb, saying the team were "hugely proud" of their achievement to raise more than £2,000 for the charity.

He said: "We marched and then struggled through relentless rain with plummeting temperatures. Below freezing at the top we were hit by freezing rain being blown by 45 KT winds."

In a statement posted on the Shooting Star Chase Just Giving page, Mr Woodward's family called his loss devastating.

The statement said: "After completing the epic journey up Ben Nevis, tragically Tony and one of the other walkers, Bob, died in a light aircraft crash on their way home.

"This was devastating news for all involved."

Air First Ltd, who taught Mr Woodward to fly, also paid tribute to him.

They said: "He had been piloting the plane himself having left Oban to go to Carlisle, the full details at this time are unknown.

"He had just completed the ascent to Ben Nevis prior to the accident with two friends raising money for Shooting Star Chase that he was extremely passionate about.

"We at Airfirst had the privilege of teaching Tony to fly to fulfil his dream of becoming a pilot.

"His passion, love and enthusiasm for flying was evident in his support and participation of school fly outs and social events."

The cause of the crash remains unknown.


The bodies of two men who died in a light aircraft crash have been formally identified.

The have been named by Police Scotland as Anthony Woodward, 62 and Robert Archer, 57.

Their plane crashed two miles off the coast of Skipness between the Mull of Kintyre and the Isle of Arran.

Debris from the plane, which left Oban Airport and was expected at Carlisle Lake District Airport, was found on the same day.

A helicopter from Prestwick and four lifeboats were sent to the scene after the wreckage was found.

The search involved Prestwick, Tarbert and Campbeltown coastguard teams and Tighnabruaich and Arran lifeboats.

An extensive search by police, coastguard and lifeboat services, which led to the recovery of the men's bodies.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency said the search was stood down on Thursday night following the discovery.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: "The bodies of the men have now been formally identified and they can be named as Anthony Woodward, 62 and Robert Archer, 57.

"Relatives are aware. A report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal."

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