This Piper Tomahawk crashed in the Brecon Beacons in a blizzard on Friday. The pilot, the only occupant, was uninjured but the aeroplane is a write-off.
Way, way back in 1986 it was on the fleet of a flying club in Guernsey (hence the registration G-TOMS; Guernsey tomatos and all that) and I hired it to fly my wife and myself around the Channel Islands while on holiday there. It taught me a lot about lee-side sink; when landing at Alderney into a strong wind in the lee of high vertical cliffs I was expecting strong sinking air and positioned high on final to allow for that, but wow we went down like a an upside-down Harrier!
Full power and partial retraction of the flaps got us to the runway!
G-TOMS in happier times when I hired it in 1986 at Guernsey, here shown at Alderney after a hairy arrival over the cliffs in a strong wind!
It seems from this picture that the engine was not running at impact (prop blades not bent), which might explain the crash!
We await the accident report to explain why the engine ceased to run.