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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 1083
Last updated: 10 August 2020
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Time:17:10 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:Medalbest Ltd.
Registration: G-AMTV
C/n / msn: 3858
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Old Sarum Aerodrome, Salisbury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Destination airport:Old Sarum Airfield, Wiltshire (EGLS)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The purpose of the flight was circuit consolidation and the crew were using the unlicensed Runway 24 south at Old Sarum. The surface of the runway was grass, which was short and dry; the surface wind was 270 to 290 at 10 to 15 kt. Some 15 feet to the south of this runway, the grass had been cut and was lying in bales at irregular intervals.

The commander, in the front seat, made a normal approach aiming to land on a track of 255 to reduce the crosswind component. During the landing flare, the sun was shining into the pilot's eyes and the aircraft bounced. The second touchdown was also a bounce and the pilot initiated a go around. However, the pilot was slightly unsighted by a combination of the sun and the nose-up attitude of the aircraft and did not initially detect that the aircraft was drifting to the left.

During the go-around, he thought that the left wheel of the aircraft had contacted a grass bale. There were no handling difficulties but the pilot flew a gentle circuit and made a full stop landing on Runway 24. Damage to the rear spar of the left wing.

Per eyewitness report, from one of G-AMTVs part owners: "We always had at least two shares for sale, and we lowered entry requirements to join, which was the first in a series of mistakes. The excellent leader of the group left for NZ which was a blow, and after a series of mishaps - one of them mine when I nosed her over in a squall at Old Sarum, she 'failed to gain flying speed' and tumbled end over end into said wheat field. I wasn't there, but saw the pictures and the aftermath, which was a huge shame - all four wings broken, cabane struts bent, and fin and rudder broken, engine shock loaded. No damage to occupants, as the energy is absorbed by all those breakable bits. We all gave up then, and split the insurance money ten ways, and moved on.

I tried to buy the wreck but was bid out at 8000. She is flying again now, as Tigers rarely die. She was offered to me for sale, and I was sorely tempted. But the idea of paying all the maintenance bills all on my own was a responsibility I'm not sure I wanted. Maybe another time..."


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-AMTV courtesy

Woburn / Woburn Abbey [ Off-Airport ]
18 August 2013; (c) Malcolm Clarke

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Revision history:

28-Jan-2008 10:33 JINX Added
26-Aug-2008 12:29 JINX Updated
24-May-2013 23:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Jul-2016 00:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]

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