ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74059
Last updated: 1 August 2014
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Date:19-JUN-2007
Time:13:58 local
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-AXXV
C/n / msn: 85852
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:Membury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Membury
Destination airport:Membury
Narrative:
The aircraft was being flown to Membury Airstrip to have some minor maintenance carried out. The approach was made towards a mown grass strip on the airfield, which afforded a landing almost into the easterly wind.

Ths was described by an observer as “gusty”. The pilot was not aware of any drift during the approach, although flight conditions were “a little bumpy” and, just as the aircraft was about to touch down, the left wing lifted suddenly. This caused the aircraft to rotate to the right before nosing into the ground. It remained in this nose-down attitude as the occupants climbed out, shutting the aircraft down as they dd so.

The plot attributed the event to a sudden and unexpectedly strong gust that caught the aircraft during the landing flare. He additionally commented that the aircraft heading may have been less aligned with the wind direction than he had thought, which may have accounted for the left wing being affected. Finally, he noted that, given the conditions, he might have considered reducing
the gust response of the aircraft by ‘wheeling’ it onto the ground, (which results in a slightly higher landing speed) rather than attempting a three-point landing.

Sources:
The Moth, Enterprise # 139
http://www.aaib.gov.uk/cms_resources.cfm?file=/DH82a%20Tiger%20Moth,%20G-AXXV%20(DE992)%2008-07.pdf
http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=60&pagetype=65&appid=1&mode=reg&fullregmark=AXXV

G-AXXV (DE992)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2010 22:41 Petro Added
31-Jan-2012 08:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Aug-2012 16:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
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