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Old 5th Jul 2019, 18:47
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researching an aircraft accident from the 1980s

In the days before the www how were the AAIB reports made available to the flying community?

I would like to find out the details of a fatal accident concerning a light aircraft which may have been in England but might have been on another part of the British Isles. Info I know. In the 1985/86 time frame the father of my then neighbour was a rep in the pharmaceutical trade and was in the habit of using a light aircraft, possibly his own, for work related calls. As her family were from the Isle of Man I think that is where the father ran his business from. I was told that the aircraft clipped a substantial brick gatepost whilst taking off so I guess it was not an airport location. The neighbour in question moved back to the IoM not long after the tragedy and we didn't keep in touch.

Where should I start?

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Old 5th Jul 2019, 19:10
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 20:35
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Perhaps this is the one...?

https://assets.publishing.service.go...AZVV_02-86.pdf

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Old 5th Jul 2019, 22:11
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A name, even just a surname, of the deceased might be a good starting point for a Google search.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 10:46
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
In the days before the www how were the AAIB reports made available to the flying community?
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To answer this part of question, they were (and still are) published and circulated in paper format.

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Old 6th Jul 2019, 15:00
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Grizz, in that one the P1 was an ATPL holder; it's possible that a pharmaceutical rep might have that, but not likely.

There are 277 GA (Fixed Wing) incident/accident reports on the AAIB website linked by ORAC above for 1985 and 1987. As the man said, it would help to have another clue to narrow the field!
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https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=18948
https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/
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Old 8th Jul 2019, 21:04
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Pilot's name was (I assume my neighbour was the natural daughter of the father) Pilling. This causes an excess of hits when popped into a search engine as there has been a number of aircraft related incidents around Pilling Sands! I have been through pages and pages of Pilling hits but not found a pilot Pilling reference.

The one incident detailed above looks to be a likely suspect, thanks. I'll try to see if it fits with the other odd things I think relate to this accident.

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G-AZVV was registered to Hugh McCutcheon Clarke, 27 Clubhouse, Derby Haven, Isle of Man.
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So did it clip a tree, or a "substantial brick gatepost" ?
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