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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1053
Last updated: 29 September 2020
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Date:05-JUN-1999
Time:10:40 UTC
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-AJTW
C/n / msn: 82203
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Field next to Raydon Airfield, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Raydon, Suffolk
Narrative:
The aircraft attended Raydon airstrip for a 'photo shoot'. According to the pilot he was making an offset approach to land on Runway 27 with the surface wind blowing across the strip. He stated that he misjudged the height of a crop of standing wheat in the undershoot and the aircraft's main wheels touched the crop about 30 feet short of the strip threshold. The resultant drag reduced the aircraft's forward speed and it dropped onto its nose and port wing. The crash slewed the aircraft through 180 and it came to rest on its left side. Both occupants escaped from the aircraft with bruises.

An alternative explanation for the accident was forwarded to the AAIB which claimed that the pilot was carrying out his fifth low fly-past for a publicity photograph in close proximity to grass cutting equipment. After passing the equipment at low height on a southerly heading, the aircraft gained height, turned through 100 and descended once more on a north easterly heading. It continued descending and the landing gear touched the crop causing the aircraft to 'flip over'.

Shortly after the accident the CAA informed the AAIB that they were considering taking legal action against the pilot. The CAA subsequently prosecuted the pilot who pleaded guilty in court to endangerment in contravention of Article 55 of the Air Navigation Order. The pilot was fined 2,000 plus costs of 350 and the aircraft insurers denied the aircraft owner's claim because of the pilot's deliberate infringements of the law.

Sources:

http://www.aaib.dft.gov.uk/publications/bulletins/april_2000/dh_500007.cfm
http://www.caa.co.uk/aircraft-registration/
http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/p822.htm


Images:

Photo of G-AJTW courtesy AirHistory.net


Waddington (EGXW / WTN)
1 July 1995; (c) Malcolm Clarke

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Jan-2008 04:56 JINX Added
19-Aug-2008 19:30 JINX Updated
05-Dec-2012 05:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Mar-2015 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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