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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1038
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Date:17-JUL-1999
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:First County Finance (UK) Ltd.
Registration: G-AHUF
C/n / msn: 86221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
Substnatially damaged 17-7-1999 in a landing accident at Shoreham Airport, Cecil Pashley Way, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex. No injuries reported to the two person on board. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was observed by several witnesses at around 13:00 hrs carrying out a landing on grass Runway 25 at Shoreham Airport. They described the approach as higher than usual and saw the aircraft using a side-slip to lose height. The final approach was described as fast and steep with the landing resulting in a heavy touchdown on the main wheels. The aircraft was then seen to bounce several times down the runway before coming to a stop. After completing the landing the aircraft was taxyed back to the apron and parked.

In the front seat of the aircraft for this flight was a private pilot who had arranged a trial flight in the Tiger Moth through a local flying club. He had more than 1,000 hours flying experience but limited time on tail wheel types. His understanding was that he would be having a lesson from a flying instructor employed by the club. The flight was uneventful until the approach phase which he felt was steep, with a high rate of descent. The landing was hard and the aircraft bounced back into the air. The nose then pitched forward and there were several more bounces before the aircraft came to a stop. On questioning the instructor after the flight he was informed that the landing was normal and within the normal stresses that the aircraft could withstand.

The rear seat pilot who was pilot in command for this flight was handling the aircraft for the landing. He was not a qualified flying instructor although the club had employed him in that capacity. He was unable to provide any details of the accident flight since he is of the opinion that the damage to the aircraft was not caused during the course of it but must have occurred during a subsequent flight. There was no record available from the airfield movement log of any flights by G AHUF on the day of the reported accident. Therefore it was not possible to determine whether the aircraft flew that day; if so on how many occasions; or whether there were any flights after the one described.

The damage to the aircraft was not immediately obvious; the only external signs were slackness in the rigging wires. Once this was noticed the aircraft was not flown again and it was later taken by road to a repair organisation. The damage could only be fully assessed once the fabric had been removed from the wings."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damage to main spars and rigging". Registration G-AHUF cancelled 8-3-2002, but restored one month later on 22-4-2002.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/542300fced915d1371000af7/dft_avsafety_pdf_500736.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=AHUF
3. http://www.demobbed.org.uk/aircraft.php?type=1098
4. http://www.edendale.co.uk/ANW/WFD.G8.3.html
5. http://www.eaglescott-airfield.com/wp2/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Tiger-Moth-G-AHUF.jpg
6. http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/aircraft/Preserved/TigerMoth.html
7. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p862.html


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


Images:

Photo of G-AHUF courtesy AirHistory.net


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Jan-2008 23:09 JINX Added
15-Oct-2009 10:41 andrewaircraft Updated
26-May-2013 01:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Nov-2014 17:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Jul-2016 12:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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