Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee, G-BDWL, 1 February 2004

Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee, G-BDWL


The Pawnee carried out a normal takeoff towing a glider. At approximately 500 feet it inexplicably turned to the right and entered a descent. The glider released from the tow and was able to land normally back on the airfield. The aircraft however, continued its descent striking the ground banked 35º to the right in a 45º nose down attitude. It is probable that the pilot became medically incapacitated in flight before being fatally injured in the impact. One medical related safety recommendation has been made.

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Published 10 December 2014