Cessna 210L PH-EYE

Dunbrach / Holehead, Fintry

 
     
 
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BELOW: A typical Cessna 210 light aircraft.

 

A typical Cessna 210 Centurion light aircraft

 

Photo: 2009 Ahunt

 

This file has been (or is hereby) released into the public domain by its author, Ahunt at the wikipedia project. This applies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Type and Background

 

General Aviation Cessna 210L Centurion II  /  PH-EYE

 

(Dutch registered company operated aircraft)

 

The Cessna 210 was a single-engine, general aviation aircraft which was produced between 1957 and 1985. Early variants had 4 seats while later variants had 6 seats. The Cessna 210L Centurion II featured on this page was a 6-seater type.

 

Many of these aircraft or their variants are still in use at the present time.

These light aircraft were widely used by flight training schools, private operators, air taxi, and commercial companies.

 


 

BELOW: The instrument panel of a typical Cessna 210 Centurion light aircraft.

 

Typical Cessna 210 Centurion instrument panel

 

Photo: 2007 V J Fuzedpar. I, the copyright holder of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

Cessna PH-EYE had left Texel International Airport in Holland some time earlier and was now about 12 miles from its destination at Glasgow International Airport in Scotland.

 

However, while over the Fintry Hills, the pilot reported icing on the wings and problems with the speed indicator, possible caused by icing of the Pitot tube.

 

Less than 15 minutes after this report had been received by  Air Traffic Control (ATC / NATS), the aircraft disappeared from radar. Search and Rescue services were alerted immediately.

 

The emergency services contacted local farmers below the planned flight path to determine if any of them had seen or heard anything unusual. A Mrs Janice Davies of Lurg Farm, Fintry, was able to direct the rescue teams to the vicinity of Dunbrach near Holehead where the burnt-out wreckage was eventually discovered.

 

Deputy Chief Constable of Central Scotland Police Mr Douglas McMurdo said it appeared the aircraft had struck the top of the hill and fallen back on to the crags below.

 

Sadly, both the pilot and his passenger died in this accident.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

Both occupants (pilot and passenger) died in this accident. These were:

  • Mr Drewe Hoexum (46)

  • Mr Sybe Van Der Knaap (46)

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

 

Memorial Photos

 

(A few years back I and another police colleague accompanied the daughter of the dead pilot to the site where we erected a plaque. We screwed it to the rockface a few yards eastish of the actual crash. [Ian McNeish])

 

 

BELOW (next 3 photos): The Memorial plaque near the crash site commemorating the pilot and passenger who died in this accident.

 

The Memorial plaque commemorating the two occupants who died in this accident 1.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

The Memorial plaque commemorating the two occupants who died in this accident 2.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

The Memorial plaque commemorating the two occupants who died in this accident 3.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

Area Photos

 

(This is a very pleasant walk, from where you park to the memorial about an hour and 15 mins. You can park at 641852. There is a gate and parking for a few cars. [Steven Spink]

 

 

BELOW (next 3 photos): The general area of the crash site. No trace of the wreckage now remains at the site. (Compare with older (contemporary) photos further down this page.)

 

(next 3 photos): The general area of the crash site 1.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: Sufficiently wide track for timber haulage (logging) trucks and general 4x4 vehicles from Townhead Farm to the forest.

 

Timber haulage vehicle and general 4x4 vehicle track from farm to forest.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

BELOW: Steven Spink with wee Bobby the wreck hunter. Townhead Farm is in the background and to the centre-right of the photo.

 

Steven Spink with wee Bobby the wreck hunter.

 

Photo © 2015 Steven Spink

 


 

 

Earlier Photos

 

(These photos were taken in April 1990, at the time of the accident.)

 

 

BELOW: Local police at the approach road to the Cessna accident scene. The location of the wreckage is indicated clearly by the arrow on the yellow background.

 

The approach road to the Cessna accident scene

 

Photo 1990-2011 courtesy, M. Hoexum

 


 

BELOW: Recovery teams approach the crash site near Dunbrach (hill).

 

Approaching the crash site near Dunbrach

 

Photo 1990-2011 courtesy, M. Hoexum

 


 

BELOW: Part of a wing from the wrecked Cessna 210 Centurion.

 

Part of a wing from the wrecked Cessna

 

Photo 1990-2011 courtesy, M. Hoexum

 


 

BELOW: The main body of wreckage as it appeared at the time of the accident in 1990.

 

The main body of wreckage at the time of the accident

 

Photo 1990-2011 courtesy, M. Hoexum

 

 


 

NOTE: Since the accident occurred, a small memorial plaque was placed near the crash site by Ian McNeish and others (See under 'Directions to Crash Site' below).

 


 

 

Directions to Crash Site

 

(The following information was kindly provided by Ian McNeish)

 

You will see a crag marked on the OS 1:25000 map at grid reference 619839 (approx). The crag is on the north side of a hill called Holehead just north of an area (marked on the map) as Dunbrach.

 

The site is almost exactly 2.5km directly south of Fintry. Access along a track that starts on the B822 road almost opposite the track leading to Townhead farm.

 

A few years back I and another police colleague accompanied the daughter of the dead pilot to the site where we erected a plaque. We screwed it to the rockface a few yards eastish of the actual crash.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 6 Apr 1990

 

Accident Site:

Holehead (552m)

(Campsie Fells)

 

(Crag on N side of hill called Holehead and near Dunbrach (hill).)

 

Region: Stirling

 

Nearest town or village:

Fintry or Lennoxtown

 

Nearest large town or city:

Kilsyth (SE) or Milngavie (S) (Glasgow)

 

OS Grid Ref. 619839 (circa)

 

GPS Ref. N/A

 

Present Crash Site Status:

A memorial plaque has been placed near the crash site.

 

Photos of the wreckage are shown below. However, these photos were taken at the time of the accident in 1990. At 2015, no traces of wreckage could be found at the site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: PH-EYE

 

Operator: Omega Vastgoed

 

Departure Airport: Texel International Airport

 

Airport Location: Den Burg, Island of Texel, Holland.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport

 (Grass strip / light aircraft or small jets only.)

 

Current Airport Name: Texel International Airport (EHTX)

 

 

Destination Airport: Glasgow International Airport.

 

Airport Location: Abbotsinch, Glasgow, Scotland.

 

Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport.

 

Current Airport Name: BAA Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)

 

 


 

Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields

 

 

 

 

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