ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139880
Last updated: 25 April 2014
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Date:28-JAN-1963
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
Owner/operator:Aviation Services (South Australia) Ltd
Registration: VH-UEK
C/n / msn: C1/0039
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Second Creek, near Tumby Bay, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Whylla, South Australia
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Chipmunk T10 WB587. Delivered 31/3/1950. Struck off charge 10/07/1956 as 10 MU RAF Hullavington, upon sale to Australia as VH-UEK.

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.

Sources:
1. Royal Air force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.20)
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austmz/VH-UEK.html
3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/5519590464/
4. http://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?t=107485
5. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=343

Wreckage of the Starboard wing of VH-UEK wb587 stbd wing photo: WB587 stbd wing 1009101231-01.jpg

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Nov-2011 15:02 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Mar-2014 00:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Mar-2014 07:57 86.9.24.211 Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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