ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 122413
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Narrative:On 15-05-2011, The Tiger Moth crashed in a field at Witchampton, near Moor Crichel, north of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Witnesses said it appeared the aircraft was undertaking aerobatics shortly before crashing. Both occupants received serious injuries and were airlifted to hospital. One of them died overnight. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
|Owner/operator:||Timothy David Le Mesurier |
|C/n / msn:|| 83673|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Witchampton, Near Moor Crichel, north of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Compton Abbas, Dorset (EGHA)|
|Destination airport:||Compton Abbas, Dorset (EGHA)|
"The aircraft took off at 13:56 hours, and after leaving the circuit, flew in a generally southerly direction at an altitude of between 1,600 and 2,200 feet. At 14:04 hours, when the aircraft was 3 nautical miles north-west of Tarrant Rushton Visual Reference Point (VRP), the pilot turned onto a south-easterly track and contacted Bournemouth
He requested permission to transit into the Bournemouth Control Zone to Broadstone and to make two circuits there at 2,000 feet. The Bournemouth radar controller instructed the pilot to remain clear of controlled airspace and advised that it was very busy. The controller said he would call him back if it was possible to accept him, but subsequently, after determining that the aircraft was not fitted with a transponder, the controller advised that the aircraft could not be accepted.
The pilot continued on a south-easterly track for approximately two minutes, then turned to the left through 180 degrees and flew in a north-westerly direction. Observers on the ground described seeing the aircraft climb up and reach the top of a loop, before they saw it enter a spin. The spin continued through a number of turns until the aircraft struck the ground.
The accident manoeuvre was performed in the same location that the pilot had completed a loop on the previous flight, near to the house of a friend. This friend was out walking his dog and saw the accident. He ran over to the site, a distance of about 500 metres, and gave first aid assistance to the two people on board. Both were seriously injured and trapped in the wreckage but he was able to keep them breathing until an air ambulance arrived. They were treated at the scene before being flown to local hospitals. The passenger died later that evening as a result of his injuries."
Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-AOIL was cancelled by the CAA on 23-08-2011 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"
1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5423042e40f0b61342000b59/DH82A_Tiger_Moth_G-AOIL_06-12.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=AOIL
De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II G-AOIL at Compton Abbas on 29 June 2003:
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