Aircraft Type and Background
Air Service Training Cessna 310Q / G-BCKL
The Cessna 310 was a six seat, twin-engine, monoplane which was produced between 1954 and 1980.
In the 310Q variant featured here, the avionics were upgraded from the original specification aircraft. For civil versions, optional turbocharged Continental TSIO-520-B engines were made available. (Military versions could be equipped with more suitable engines.)
Also in the 310Q variant, the take off weight was increased to 2,400kg (5,300lb). Later versions of this type were fitted with bulged rear cabin roof with rear view window.
The Cessna 310Q featured on this page was equipped with dual controls for training purposes.
Aircraft Accident Details
Air Accident Investigation Branch Synopsis
The accident was notified to the Department of Trade by Air Service Training on 4 March 1976. The Accidents Investigation Branch of the Department of Trade carried out an investigation with operations, engineering and human factors groups established under the Inspector-in-charge.
The aircraft was engaged in a training flight at night, with an instructor in charge, and a practice asymmetric circuit was being made with a simulated failure of the left engine. The aircraft was seen in the appropriate position when the 'downwind' call was made and was cleared to 'finals'. Nothing further was heard from the aircraft and the wreckage was eventually found on a hillside 7.25km (4½ miles) northeast of the airfield, 220m (720 feet) above airfield level, a position indicative of a wide downwind leg extended by about two miles and with the aircraft about 152m (500 feet) below the stipulated circuit height. The aircraft was destroyed and the three occupants were killed; there was no fire.
Evidence from the wreckage was consistent with the declared asymmetric exercise and there was no indication of any emergency nor of any pre-crash defect or malfunction of the aircraft; VHF communication equipment was still serviceable. The crash occurred in almost level flight whilst in a left turn, but no satisfactory reason for the departures from the standard circuit pattern has been established.
Aircraft Crew / Passenger Casualties
The three occupants (2 crew and 1 passenger) died in this accident. These were:
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: Crash site photo and article from Herald newspaper.
For easier reading of the text, see the transcript underneath the following newspaper article.
Photo courtesy, Alan Thomson
Transcript of the above article
(This transcript relates to the first aircraft crash mentioned in the above article; i.e,. the aircraft featured on this page.)
Accident investigators yesterday began piecing together the cause of the second fatal aircraft crash within four months from the Air Services Training School at Scone [Perth] aerodrome.
Captain Kenneth Allan, a 45-year-old flying instructor, and two Malaysian students at the school, both aged 21, were killed on Thursday night when their twin-engined Cessna crashed on a hillside during a night training flight.
Captain Allan was giving dual instruction to Nasir Khan Hamid, a trainee pilot who was due to complete his flying course in a few weeks, and were accompanied by Mohammed Mukhtar, a student in engineering. He was being carried as a passenger, at his own request, to gain air experience.
The school said yesterday that this practice was not unusual.
Captain Allan, of...Bridge of Earn, Perthshire [now, Perth and Kinross], was married and had a daughter. He served as a flying instructor in the RAF before joining the flying school in 1974. He held the Air Force Cross...
...The school, which trains pilots and engineers from all over the world, has been operating at Scone aerodrome since 1936. It has about 330 students, mainly from foreign countries, on flying, engineering, or English language courses.
An official at the Malaysian Airline System offices in London said the staff were deeply shocked when they heard of the tragedy.
He added: "Nasir Khan's course had only about six weeks to run and we had received good reports on his progress. The other student was halfway through a two-year course."
The crashed aircraft was found early yesterday near the summit of the [360m] 1182ft Black Hill, eight miles northeast of Perth, and not far from the scene of the [previous] November accident.
Wreckage was scattered over a wide area. It appears that the aircraft hit the hillside--with the cockpit taking most of the impact--and then skidded more than 50 yards before turning over.
Members of the Civil Aviation Authority's accident investigation branch [AAIB] began sifting the wreckage yesterday. Their findings will be published after the investigation has been completed.
[See above under Aircraft Accident Details for a copy of this Report.]
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 4 Mar 1976
Black Hill 360m
Nearest road: B953.
Region: Perth and Kinross
Nearest town or village:
Kirkton of Collace or Abernyte
Nearest large town or city:
Coupar Angus (N)
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: Unknown.
Registration or Serial: G-BCKL
Owner: Airwork Services Ltd (now, Air Service Training), Perth Aerodrome, Perth.
Operator: AST (Air Service Training) Perth.
Operating Base: Perth Aerodrome. (Scone).
Airport Location: Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
Current Airport Status: Operational General Aviation Airport
(Light aircraft, small jets and helicopters.)
Also, still used by Air Service Training (AST), which is now attached to Perth College.
Current Airport Name: Perth Airport (Scotland)
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Cessna 310Q G-BCKL
Black Hill, Perth and Kinross