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Piper Aztec

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  • On 18 April 1974, Aztec G-AYDE was involved in a ground collision
    Court Line Flight 95
    Court Line Flight 95 was an international charter flight from London Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, to Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany, operated on 18 April 1974 by Court Line Ltd BAC One-Eleven 518 G-AXMJ. During its take-off run, Piper PA-23 Aztec G-AYDE of McAlpine Aviation...

     with BAC One-Eleven
    BAC One-Eleven
    The British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven, also known as the BAC-111, BAC-1-11 or BAC 1-11, was a British short-range jet airliner of the 1960s and 1970s...

     G-AXMJ at London Luton Airport
    London Luton Airport
    London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

     after the pilot of the Aztec entered the active runway without clearance. He was killed and his passenger was injured. All 91 people on board the One-Eleven successfully evacuated after take-off was aborted.

  • On 29 November 1975, Formula One
    Formula One
    Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile . The "formula" designation in the name refers to a set of rules with which...

     racing driver Graham Hill
    Graham Hill
    Norman Graham Hill was a British racing driver and two-time Formula One World Champion. He is the only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport — the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and Formula One World Championship.Graham Hill and his son Damon are the only father and son pair both to...

     was piloting Piper PA-23-350 Aztec N6645Y from France to London, United Kingdom.
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  • On 18 April 1974, Aztec G-AYDE was involved in a ground collision
    Court Line Flight 95
    Court Line Flight 95 was an international charter flight from London Luton Airport, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom, to Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany, operated on 18 April 1974 by Court Line Ltd BAC One-Eleven 518 G-AXMJ. During its take-off run, Piper PA-23 Aztec G-AYDE of McAlpine Aviation...

     with BAC One-Eleven
    BAC One-Eleven
    The British Aircraft Corporation One-Eleven, also known as the BAC-111, BAC-1-11 or BAC 1-11, was a British short-range jet airliner of the 1960s and 1970s...

     G-AXMJ at London Luton Airport
    London Luton Airport
    London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

     after the pilot of the Aztec entered the active runway without clearance. He was killed and his passenger was injured. All 91 people on board the One-Eleven successfully evacuated after take-off was aborted.

  • On 29 November 1975, Formula One
    Formula One
    Formula One, also known as Formula 1 or F1 and referred to officially as the FIA Formula One World Championship, is the highest class of single seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile . The "formula" designation in the name refers to a set of rules with which...

     racing driver Graham Hill
    Graham Hill
    Norman Graham Hill was a British racing driver and two-time Formula One World Champion. He is the only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport — the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Indianapolis 500 and Formula One World Championship.Graham Hill and his son Damon are the only father and son pair both to...

     was piloting Piper PA-23-350 Aztec N6645Y from France to London, United Kingdom. His passengers were team manager Ray Brimble, driver Tony Brise, designer Andy Smallman and mechanics Terry Richards and Tony Alcock. They were returning from Circuit Paul Ricard
    Circuit Paul Ricard
    The Paul Ricard Circuit is a motorsport race track built at Le Castellet, near Marseille, France, in 1969 with finance from the eccentric drinks magnate Paul Ricard, who created what essentially became Pernod Ricard...

    , Var, where they had been testing the Hill GH2 car being prepared for 1976
    1976 Formula One season
    The 1976 Formula One season included the 27th FIA Formula One World Championship season, which commenced on January 25, 1976, and ended on October 24 after sixteen races...

    . They were due to land at Elstree Airfield
    Elstree Airfield
    Elstree Airfield is based in Elstree, located east of Watford, Hertfordshire, England.Elstree Aerodrome has a CAA Ordinary Licence that allows flights for the public transport of passengers or for flying instruction as authorised by the licensee .-Bibliography:*Richard Riding and Grant Peerless,...

    , Hertfordshire
    Hertfordshire
    Hertfordshire is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East region of England. The county town is Hertford.The county is one of the Home Counties and lies inland, bordered by Greater London , Buckinghamshire , Bedfordshire , Cambridgeshire and...

    , before onward travel to London
    London
    London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

     to attend a party. Shortly before 10pm, the aircraft hit trees beside a golf course at Arkley
    Arkley
    Arkley is a village in the London Borough of Barnet. It is located north north-west of Charing Cross, and at above sea level is one of the highest points in London....

    , Hertfordshire in thick fog. In the ensuing crash and explosion everyone on board was killed.

  • On 15 April 1978, Hollywood stunt flyer Frank Tallman
    Frank Tallman
    Frank Gifford Tallman was a stunt pilot who worked in Hollywood during the 1960s and 1970s.-Early life:...

     was ferrying a Piper Aztec from Santa Monica Airport, California, to Phoenix, Arizona under visual flight rules
    Visual flight rules
    Visual flight rules are a set of regulations which allow a pilot to operate an aircraft in weather conditions generally clear enough to allow the pilot to see where the aircraft is going. Specifically, the weather must be better than basic VFR weather minimums, as specified in the rules of the...

     when he continued the flight into deteriorating weather, a lowering ceiling and rain. He struck the side of Santiago Peak in the Santa Ana Mountains near Trabuco Canyon at cruise altitude, dying in the ensuing crash.

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