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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145910
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Date:24-MAY-2012
Time:13:45 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Stephen William Turley
Registration: G-AOHY
C/n / msn: 3850
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Wickenby Airfield, Langworth, 8nm NE of Lincoln, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Wickenby Airfield (EGNW)
Destination airport:Wickenby Airfield (EGNW)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
A VINTAGE Tiger Moth was damaged when it landed short of the runway at Wickenby Airfield on Thursday 24 May 2012 and overturned. Two pilots were on board but neither of them was injured. The plane was left with damage to its wings but is being repaired. According to the official AAIB summary of the accident:

"During the pilotís pre-flight preparation, he was somewhat distracted by the discovery that the aircraftís compass ring was missing, which left the aircraft without a useable compass. During takeoff, the pilotís attention was entirely outside the cockpit and he did not realise that the needle of the airspeed indicator had detached and was lying loose inside the instrument, leaving only the needle stub with which to estimate airspeed.

With no other nearby airfields suitable for a grass landing, the pilot prepared for an approach to the grass area at Wickenby. The approach was made at an estimated 54 knots, the pilot being aware that he could not afford to be too fast with only a restricted landing area and in an aircraft without wheel brakes. The aircraft became low on the approach in the latter stages and, despite the pilot applying full power, the landing gear struck standing crops at the edge of a field immediately before the landing area.

The aircraft pitched nose-down and came to rest inverted, just clear of the crops. The propeller was destroyed and damage was sustained to the wings and tail section. There was no damage to the open cockpit area and the two occupants were able to escape the aircraft. The airfield fire and rescue crew responded immediately, joined later by the civil emergency services.

Although very experienced, the pilot observed that he had limited experienced on the Tiger Moth. He had originally flown it in 1964 and had only a brief conversion back to type in 2010. Since that time he had flown only 12 hours on type at irregular intervals, and had carried out only one landing on type in the eight months prior to the accident. The pilot considered that his lack of currency on type and limited recent training were contributory factors in the accident."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to propeller, wings and tail section, engine shock-loaded".

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f7d540f0b61342000613/DH82A_Tiger_Moth_G-AOHY_09-12.pdf
2. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=AOHY
3. http://www.marketrasenmail.co.uk/news/local/plane-damaged-in-short-landing-1-3894640
4. http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/plane-crashed-wickenby-airfield-faulty-compass/story-16943490-detail/story.html
5. http://www.airport-data.com/forums/ptopic6688.html
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p038.html
7. https://www.planespotters.net/photo/114033/g-aohy-private-de-havilland-dh82a-tiger-moth


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-May-2012 12:41 gerard57 Added
01-Jun-2012 16:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
08-Sep-2012 16:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Sep-2012 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Sep-2015 03:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Dec-2016 13:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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