Piper PA-28 Crash In English Channel, Investigation Continues

Interviews Underway To Discover More About Incident

15.11.2011

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) is continuing its enquiries after a light aircraft crashed into the English Channel on Saturday (November 12th).

Ian and Anne-Marie Dickinson, residents of Alderney, were on board the Piper PA-28 aircraft when it came down around 25 miles off the coast of Guernsey. While the latter was rescued by a Russian cargo ship, the search for Mr Dickinson was called off on Sunday afternoon.

Interviews are now being held to learn more about the crash, which is thought to have occurred as the plane was making its way from an airport close to Portsmouth back to Alderney.

Jim Morris, an aviation lawyer at Irwin Mitchell with specialist expertise in representing those affected by air accidents in the UK and abroad, urged authorities to gather as much information as possible in relation to the plane crash.

He outlined: “Very little is so far known about the circumstances at the time of this crash and it is vital, for the sake of the couple and their family, that the AAIB is able to provide full answers in relation to what happened in this crash.

“A range of factors will need to be considered and of particular concern will be whether any technical or mechanical fault could have played a part in this incident.

“Crossing large expanses of open water in a single engine aircraft carries significant additional risk, so it is vital that all problems, with particular focus on the engine, are identified or ruled out so that similar accident can be prevented in the future.

“Any mechanical or technical problem could have significant implications for other Piper aircraft so it is crucial that both passengers and pilots on such aircraft can be provided with reassurances that they remain safe to travel in.

“Our thoughts are with Mrs Dickinson and family.”