Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III, G-LENY
The aircraft, with one pilot on board, was flying a non-precision approach to Runway 01 at Oxford (Kidlington) Airport when the accident occurred. It was night and the weather was poor. The aircraft commenced its final descent 2.3 nm before the correct descent point and continued to descend below the step-down Minimum Descent Altitude (MDA). It struck trees near the summit of a hill, 3.6 nm before the runway threshold, in what appeared to have been controlled flight. The pilot survived with serious injuries. No technical faults or defects were identified as contributory factors to the accident, which the investigation concluded was an instance of Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT).
Piper PA-34-220T Seneca III, G-LENY 07-08.pdf (720.40 kb)
Date of occurrence: 19 December 2007