Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, G-ATMW
The pilot considered that the aircraft was low on fuel and he decided to land at an unlit airfield in the dark. He asked a person on the ground to position their vehicle in such a way as to indicate where the aircraft should land; the pilot misidentified this vehicle’s lights and landed at the wrong position. Just prior to touchdown the aircraft struck a fuel bowser before falling heavily on its nose landing gear, which then collapsed.
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