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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1012
Last updated: 14 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Registration: G-ADXT
C/n / msn: 3436
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Fishbourne, 2 miles W of Chichester, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Substantially damaged 22-06-2001 in a forced landing near Fishbourne, 2 miles West of Chichester, West Sussex. No injuries sustained to the two person on board (pilot and one passenger). According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot, an instructor, was carrying out an air experience flight, a part of which was to demonstrate aerobatics. The weather was CAVOK with a surface wind of 120 degrees at 8 to 10 knots. The instructor was demonstrating a barrel roll to the right and, when the aircraft was inverted with the nose above the horizon, the engine stopped. The aircraft was at a height of about 1,500 feet and the instructor continued the roll until the wings were level and selected the largest green field available to him.

There was insufficient height to dive the aircraft in an attempt to restart the engine using the slipstream. He transmitted a 'MAYDAY' distress call whilst commencing a left-hand circuit for the chosen grass field. The aircraft was set up on final approach at about 55 kt on a southerly heading in order to utilise the maximum length available of the field.

As the pilot rounded out he realised that the field contained standing crops approximately one metre high. As the main landing gear descended into the crops it felt as though the aircraft had gone into a ditch and it flipped onto its back coming to a sudden stop. Both the instructor and student were uninjured and the instructor told the student not to undo his safety harness in order to avoid head or neck injuries.

The instructor was able to release himself and then supported the student whilst he undid his safety harness. The pilot considered that, when inverted, he had allowed too high a nose up attitude and this had caused the engine to stop. The field chosen looked the best available from the height at which he identified it but, due to the standing crops, the aircraft main landing gear caught in the tops of the crop and he could not prevent the aircraft from turning over."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Extensive damage to fuselage". The registration G-ADXT was cancelled by the CAA on 7/12/2001 as a result. However, the Tiger Moth was sold on for repairs/rebuild, and the registration G-ADXT was restored to new owners on 26/2/2002.


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2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Tiger Moth G-ADXT at Compton Abbas, Dorset 4-5-2013: De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-ADXT (8708314730)


Photo of G-ADXT courtesy

Compton Abbas (EGHA)
1 June 2013; (c) Howard J Curtis

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Revision history:

25-Jan-2008 22:12 JINX Added
14-Dec-2012 12:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Nov-2014 17:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
17-May-2016 16:34 TB Updated [Location, Embed code]
17-Jul-2016 15:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 15:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]

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