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Narrative:Ex-RAF Chipmunk T10 WB587. Struck off charge 10/07/1956 as 10 MU RAF Hullavington, upon sale to Australia as VH-UEK.
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
|Owner/operator:||Aviation Services (South Australia) Ltd|
|C/n / msn:|| C1/0039|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Second Creek, near Tumby Bay, South Australia -
|Phase:|| Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)|
|Departure airport:||Whylla, South Australia|
On 28 January 1963 this aircraft, piloted by 36 year-old W. Schramm was low flying over a group of folks on a beach at Second Creek near Tumby Bay, SA when the aircraft's wingtip struck the water during a turn to go back over the group. It then overturned on a sandbar killing the pilot and injuring his passenger.
It was conjectured, at the time, that this event also led to the loss of Chipmunk VH-BSP less than two weeks later (Which see). This ultimately leading to the cessation of country flying training by Aviation Services. The remains of VH-UEK are currently on display as a "distressed exhibit" at the South Australian Air Museum in Adelaide.
||Dr. John Smith
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