Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BHIL, 8 February 2005

Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II, G-BHIL


G-BHIL was returning to the UK on a VFR flight from Zwartberg Airfield, near Genk in Belgium. Although the final destination was Shoreham, it was likely that the pilot intended to land at Old Hay farmstrip in Kent, before continuing to Shoreham. The weather in Belgium was good but large areas of patchy fog covered the southeast of England. The pilot was using a combination of GPS and visual navigation but, towards the end of the flight, was following the line of the railway between Ashford and Tonbridge. When 2.7 miles to the east of his destination, he appeared to have been unable to continue and commenced a series of climbing and descending manoeuvres in and out of the fog. Whilst in a descending right turn, the aircraft crashed into a grass field, fatally injuring the pilot.

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Published 10 December 2014