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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18290
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Date:31-AUG-1974
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic J1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster J/1N Alpha
Owner/operator:Bustard Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-AHAT
C/n / msn: 1849
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Old Sarum, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Boscombe Down Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Narrative:
Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Old Sarum, Wiltshire on 31/7/1974. According to a contemporary report in "Auster Quarterly" (Vol 1 No 2 dated 1975):

"...G-AHAT spent yet another lengthy period of inactivity between May 29th 1969 and October 22nd. 1972, after which it was re-registered to J.D. Clarke of Winchester on November 17th. 1972. By this time it was clear that excessive corrosion was much in evidence, and underwent a complete rebuild. G-AHATs next flight was made on November 6th. 1973, and shortly afterwards was flown to its new base at Old Sarum for operations with the Bustard Flying Club Ltd. to whom it was re-registered on March 25th, 1974

On August 31st 1974, Pat Middleton-Smith, an instructress at Old Sarum was landing at base when apparently baulked by a glider being towed. An attempt to abandon the landing was made but due to the close proximity of buildings, the pilot had no alternative but to land in a nearby field, at one end of which was a rather nasty-looking wire fence. As a result of this accident, G-AHAT was declared a write-off, and the registration duly cancelled.

Subsequently, during January 1975, David Miller purchased the remains for use as spares, and on February 1st, he conveyed the wreck from Old Sarum to Wellow for storage and use as a source of spares for his other Auster G-AJRK"

Registration G-AHAT cancelled 7th July 1975 as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use"). Remains (frame) acquired by the Dumfries Aviation Museum

Sources:

1. Mike Draper, Auster Quarterly Vol 1 No 2 (1975) (history of G-AHAT 1946-75)
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com/collection16.htm]\
3. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1215328/
4. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AHAT-4.pdf
5. http://www.auster.ukf.net/p18.htm
6. http://austerhg.org/prod_list/pages.php?page=1749


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
26-Dec-2011 04:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2012 11:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2015 23:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2015 23:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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