Department for Transport News

21 Jan 2020

AAIB: Anniversary of the accident involving Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB, near Guernsey, 21 January 2019

Crispin Orr, Chief Inspector of Air Accidents, Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said:

“Today marks the anniversary of the accident involving Piper PA-46-310P Malibu, N264DB, near Guernsey, and our thoughts are with the families and friends of Mr Ibbotson and Mr Sala at this time. 

“The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has conducted a thorough investigation looking at a number of elements including operational, technical, organisational and human factors that may have caused or contributed to this accident. We have worked closely with many specialist organisations including the aircraft and engine manufacturers and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in the USA.

“The AAIB has published two special bulletins about the accident, one which contained preliminary factual information, and the second which contained medical information for the general aviation community about the dangers of exposure to carbon monoxide.

“Our investigation is now at an advanced stage and we intend to publish our final report by the end of March 2020.”

About the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigates civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the United Kingdom, its overseas territories and crown dependencies. The AAIB does not apportion blame, but seeks to establish the circumstances and causes of accidents in order that safety recommendations can be made to prevent reoccurrence. The AAIB is a branch of the Department for Transport.


Contact Information

Anna Withrington
Head of External Communications Air, Marine and Rail Accident Investigation Branches
01932 440015

Notes to editors

  1. The AAIB is not offering interviews at this point
  2. The AAIB has published two special bulletins on this accident:
  • First special bulletin, published 25th February 2019

  • Second special bulletin, published 14th August 2019