Cessna 172S  G-TOME

Cairn of Claise, Braemar, Aberdeen.













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A 1999-built Cessna 172S registered G-UFCB at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) 2007 at RAF Fairford, England. [Wikipedia]


This aircraft is similar to the one featured on this page.


a cessna 172S similar to the type featured here


Photo: 2007 MilborneOne


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Aircraft Type and Background


General Aviation Cessna 172S Skyhawk  /  G-TOME


(Civil / Private)



Click here for manufacturer's data on this aircraft. (Includes cockpit instruments, and cabin images.)



The four seat, single Lycoming engined Cessna 172 was first produced in 1955. As of 2013, this aircraft is still in production.


The Cessna 172S variant (featured here) first appeared in 1998. It was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360-L2A engine (see below). Later versions included the Garmin G1000 avionics package.




Lycoming IO-360-A1B6 aircraft piston engine at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford. (This was essentially the same type and model which was used in Cessna 172 G-TOME.)


Lycoming engine of the type used in this cessna 172


Photo: 2009 Nimbus227


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BELOW: A Cessna instrument panel used in later versions of the 172S Skyhawk.


This version includes a Garmin GPS and advanced avionic displays.


Cessna 172S Skyhawk instrument panel


Photo: ©  2013 Cessna Aircraft Company



BELOW: An earlier Cessna 172 instrument panel.


This instrument panel updated in 1976 to provide standard "6 pack" arrangement. Note also that fuel and other gauges are relocated to the left side for improved readability compared with earlier 172 panel.


cessna 172 instrument panel


Photo: 2006 Jw4nvc


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Aircraft Accident Details


(Forced Landing)


Cessna 172, G-TOME, 25 January 2001 at approximately 1300 hrs.

AAIB Bulletin No: 8/2001. Ref: EW/G2001/01/17. Cat: 1.3

Information Source:


Aircraft Accident Report Form submitted by the pilot and other information gathered by the AAIB.


History of the flight

The pilot intended to fly from Peterborough (Conington) to Inverness. The planned route was via the VOR/DME navigation beacons at Ottringham and St Abbs and then direct to Inverness.


Prior to the flight the pilot obtained the relevant meteorological information. This included appropriate terminal area forecasts, current aerodrome reports and the area forecast for the Scottish region. He determined that, apart from a few areas of poor weather in Scotland, the forecast conditions were good. The serviceable aircraft departed Peterborough airfield at 1029 hrs and the flight proceeded uneventfully.

The handling pilot recognised that he did not have a great deal of experience and when conducting lengthy flights he usually arranged to be accompanied by a more experienced pilot. On this occasion the pilot in the right hand seat held a FAA Airline Transport Pilots Licence and had a total of 4,475 hrs of which 200 hours were on Cessna 172 types.

Once north of Dundee, whilst at FL 50, the crew contacted the Scottish Area Traffic Control Centre (ScATCC) at 1248 hrs and requested a Flight Information Service (FIS). When approximately 50nm from Inverness the aircraft entered cloud and immediately began to accumulate ice. The pilot described the build up of ice on the leading edges of the wings as considerable and extremely rapid.

(The Cessna 172 has no de-ice or anti-ice capability and is not approved for flight in icing conditions).


The accompanying pilot, in the front right seat, requested from ATC the meteorological conditions at Inverness. These were reported as 'VFR with scattered clouds at 2,800 feet'. At 1256 hrs the crew requested FL 60 in an attempt to climb above the cloud. Since this placed the aircraft above the airspace monitored by the FIS officer he asked the crew to call Lossiemouth Radar on 119.35 MHz.

The aircraft initiated the climb to FL 60 but remained in cloud. The rate of accumulation of ice increased and the airspeed reduced until the aircraft was unable to maintain the climb. The pilot then requested a descent to FL 45, which he had calculated to be the minimum safe altitude in that area. During the descent the aircraft encountered severe turbulence and pronounced down draughts while ice continued to accumulate on the aircraft.


Even with full power selected the airspeed reduced and the pilot had difficulty in controlling the aircraft; he described the controls as 'sluggish and appearing to freeze from time to time'. He then briefly saw snow capped hills below and decided that he should attempt to land before the aircraft stalled.


The aircraft struck the ground at an altitude of 2,690 feet. On contact with the ground the aircraft broke up, but all on board managed to extricate themselves from the wreckage. The front seat occupants received minor injuries, which included a broken wrist and chest pains; the rear seat occupants were virtually uninjured.


Search and Rescue

For full details of the Search and Rescue, please see the full AAIB Report for Cessna G-TOME.






Aircraft Crew / Passenger Survivors


The four occupants of this aircraft (two pilots and two passengers) survived the crash. However, both pilots sustained injuries-one serious and one minor. The two passengers escaped virtually uninjured.


At the moment, the names of the crew and passengers are unknown.






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: A small section of wreckage from Cessna 172 G-TOME.


small wreckage section from Cessna 172 G-TOME


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: The battery from the Cessa light aircraft on Cairn of Claise (or Carn 'a Claise).


battery from cessna light aircraft on cairn of claise


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: A closer view of the dry battery pack used on this aircraft.


The yellow label carries the warning:

 Poison / Danger.

 Causes Severe Burns.


closer view of dry battery pack


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Another small section of wreckage.


another small section of wreckage


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel



BELOW: Battery, airframe wreckage, and Perspex from windscreen or windows.


battery, airframe wreckage, and perspex from windscreen or windows


Photo: © 2013 Neil Daniel




















Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 25 Jan 2001


Accident Site:

Cairn of Claise (1,064m) [map] [info].


Region: Aberdeenshire.


Nearest towns, villages, or outdoor activity centres:

Glenshee Ski Centre (W) or Braemar (N).


Nearest large towns or cities:

Aberdeen (NE) or Dundee (S).


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref. N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: G-TOME


Operator: Civil / Private.


Departure Airport: Peterborough (Conington) Airport.


Airport Location: Conington, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,  England.


Current Airport Status: Operational General Aviation Civil / Private Airport.


Current Airport Name:

Peterborough (Conington) Airport (EGSF). (See also here.)



Destination Airport (Intended): Inverness Airport. (General Aviation Sector.)


Airport Location: Dalcross, Inverness, Scotland.


Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.


Current Airport Name: HIA Inverness Airport.





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