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Narrative:The vintage de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird prototype crashed during a flight test at 9:45, 3 hours before an airshow organized by The Shuttleworth Collection, Shuttleworth Old Warden Park at Old Warden Airfield - EGTH (see note), Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.
|Type:||de Havilland DH.53 Humming Bird|
|Operator:||Shuttleworth Coll. - Richard Shuttleworth Trustees|
|C/n / msn:|| 98|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Location:||Old Warden Airfield - EGTH, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire -
The pilot was taken to hospital where he later died.
The aircraft departed from controlled flight for reasons that could not be fully determined. Technical failure of the aircraft and pilot incapacitation were considered, but ruled out as causal factors. Given the prevailing weather conditions and the challenging operating/handling characteristics of the aircraft, it is considered that the most probable cause of the accident was handling related.
Old Warden Airfield - EGTH, formerly an aerodrome, that had a "grass circle" to make take offs and landings by each wind direction possible, instead of an airfield which has runways of grass and/or asphalt pavements with fixed directions) Old Warden Airfield - EGTH was former known with ICAO LID EG44. After the closure of Hatfield - EGTH, the LID code was re-issued and taken over by Old Warden.
The accident involved the DH.53 prototype (1 built) was the last airworthy example of the DH.53 series. After this unique DH.53 prototype passed his trials the aeroplanes were named (including prototype c/n 98) as the DH.53 Humming Bird (and only 14 more were built).
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