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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
Owner/operator:Aviation Ventures Ltd
Registration: G-ACDJ
C/n / msn: 3183
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Remenham, near Henley-on-Thames, Berkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:White Waltham, Berkshire (EGLM)
Destination airport:White Waltham, Berkshire (EGLM)
Investigating agency: AAIB
During a pleasure flight in good weather conditions the aircraft was observed to enter a spin to the right from which it did not recover. The pilot and passenger both sustained fatal injuries. Despite extensive investigation, the cause of the accident could not be established.

On the morning of the accident, the aircraft had been flown from its maintenance base to White Waltham, in order that some associates of one of its owners could be taken on some short local flights. The accident happened on the second of these flights. As is customary in the Tiger Moth, the passenger was in the front seat and the pilot in the rear. Both were wearing glass-fibre flying helmets with intercom microphones and headphones,enabling them to speak to each other and to communicate with Air Traffic Control.

The aircraft was observed to start up, taxi normally and take off without incident. It then flew west to the River Thames and over Henley-on-Thames, before adopting a north-easterly track. Witnesses described seeing the aircraft on this track, and hearing the sound of the engine reduce markedly, after which the aircraft entered a steepening turn to the right. The aircraft was observed descending rapidly in a tight u2018spiral' before hitting the ground in a field just south of the village of Remenham. The field was large and unobstructed, with a slight slope and a surface mostly of rough pasture. The description of the descent and subsequent examination of the wreckage showed that the aircraft struck the ground in a spin to the right.

Members of the public were soon at the crash site and the emergency services were called. The pilot was conscious and lucid; the passenger was alive but unconscious; both had extensive injuries. An air ambulance helicopter from White Waltham and a police helicopter, which was also equipped as an air ambulance, both landed at the accident site. Paramedics treated the pilot and passenger at the scene, and the two helicopters took them to local hospitals. The pilot was able to communicate clearly during his treatment and transfer to hospital. The paramedic asked him questions about the flight and the accident, but he had no recollection of it. Both the pilot and passenger died of their injuries in hospital.

Nature of Damage to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-ACDJ was cancelled by the CAA on 30-01-2006 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"

However, like many Tiger Moths, G-ACDJ eventually got up and "lived again", being restored to new owners in the Lincoln area, with the registration being restored on 02-01-2013 after an extended rebuild.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth (UK registration G-ACDJ, year of build 1933) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in May 2005 Dehav.dh82a.tigermoth.g-acdj.arp


Photo of G-ACDJ courtesy

Leicester (EGBG)
25 June 2005; (c) Mick Bajcar

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Revision history:

25-Jan-2008 22:13 JINX Added
13-Aug-2008 19:35 JINX Updated
13-Aug-2008 19:37 JINX Updated
02-Nov-2008 12:06 harro Updated
25-Apr-2012 18:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Dec-2014 01:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2016 20:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Aug-2016 20:47 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
16-Aug-2016 20:54 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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