Aircraft Photo and Aircraft Type Photo
BELOW: This is the same aircraft that crashed at Midlem near Selkirk.
Photo: © Zenith Aircraft Company
BELOW: Another Zenair CH 601 HD Zodiac.
Photo: © Zenith Aircraft Company
BELOW: A Zenair CH 601 HD Zodiac instrument panel.
Photo: © AirTeamImages.com
Aircraft Type and Background
Zenair CH 601 HD Zodiac / G-BVPL
New improvements to this model include a wider 44-inch cabin and a larger rear baggage compartment. Standard equipment in the kit includes wing baggage lockers, hydraulic disk brakes, electric trim tab, tinted canopy, and much more.
Designed to meet the requirements of the demanding sport pilot, the aircraft offers great performance and capabilities, and is easy-to-fly with pilot-friendly characteristics, including a low landing (stall) speed. The aircraft has excellent cross-country flying capability as well as short-field performance of well under a thousand feet.
Aircraft Accident Details
AAIB Summary Report (Extract)
(AAIB Full Report here (PDF).)
© 2008 AAIB
Information Source: AAIB Field Investigation.
The weather in the area at the time was both unlikely to have been suitable for VFR flying and highly conducive for carburettor icing. No technical or medical causal factors were identified during the investigation.
He checked the weather and NOTAMS in the morning using the internet, before leaving home for Midlem airstrip, where he had based his aircraft for the previous two years. During the morning, the airfield owner noticed the pilot’s car was by his hanger and went to speak with him; the pilot was just finishing refuelling his aircraft and they had a short conversation.
He saw an aircraft of similar size to G-BVPL, apparently cruising normally, twice in a ten minute period at around 1240 hrs. At 1545 hrs, some 2½ hours after the accident, two dog walkers discovered the wreckage of G-BVPL in a thick area of gorse, approximately ½ nm from Midlem airstrip.
Aircraft Pilot Casualty
The pilot who died in this accident was:
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: The wreckage of Zenair CH 601 HD Zodiac G-BVPL following the crash in a field at Midlem near Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.
(A pre-accident photo of G-BVPL can be seen at the top of this page.)
Photo: © 2007 AAIB
The above wreckage was later removed to their base at Farnborough by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 30 Dec 2007
(Nose dived into gorse bushes in a farm field ½ nm from the airstrip.)
Region: Scottish Borders
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: The bulk of the wreckage was removed to AAIB Farnborough.
Fragments only may remain at the crash site. However these will be located in the thick undergrowth (gorse bushes) where the Zodiac impacted the ground.
Registration or Serial: G-BVPL
Operator: Civil Private.
Departure Airport: Midlem Airstrip.
Airport Location: Midlem near Selkirk, Scottish Borders.
Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airstrip
(Grass strip / light aircraft only.)
Current Airport Name: Midlem Airstrip.
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Zenair Zodiac G-BVPL
Midlem, Selkirk, Scottish Borders