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Time:14:45 BST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Registration: G-AOIL
C/n / msn: 83673
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Witchampton, Near Moor Crichel, north of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Compton Abbas, Dorset (EGHA)
Destination airport:Compton Abbas, Dorset (EGHA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
On 15-05-2011, The Tiger Moth crashed in a field at Witchampton, near Moor Crichel, north of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Witnesses said it appeared the aircraft was undertaking aerobatics shortly before crashing. Both occupants received serious injuries and were airlifted to hospital. One of them died overnight. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft took off at 13:56 hours, and after leaving the circuit, flew in a generally southerly direction at an altitude of between 1,600 and 2,200 feet. At 14:04 hours, when the aircraft was 3 nautical miles north-west of Tarrant Rushton Visual Reference Point (VRP), the pilot turned onto a south-easterly track and contacted Bournemouth

He requested permission to transit into the Bournemouth Control Zone to Broadstone and to make two circuits there at 2,000 feet. The Bournemouth radar controller instructed the pilot to remain clear of controlled airspace and advised that it was very busy. The controller said he would call him back if it was possible to accept him, but subsequently, after determining that the aircraft was not fitted with a transponder, the controller advised that the aircraft could not be accepted.

The pilot continued on a south-easterly track for approximately two minutes, then turned to the left through 180 degrees and flew in a north-westerly direction. Observers on the ground described seeing the aircraft climb up and reach the top of a loop, before they saw it enter a spin. The spin continued through a number of turns until the aircraft struck the ground.

The accident manoeuvre was performed in the same location that the pilot had completed a loop on the previous flight, near to the house of a friend. This friend was out walking his dog and saw the accident. He ran over to the site, a distance of about 500 metres, and gave first aid assistance to the two people on board. Both were seriously injured and trapped in the wreckage but he was able to keep them breathing until an air ambulance arrived. They were treated at the scene before being flown to local hospitals. The passenger died later that evening as a result of his injuries."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-AOIL was cancelled by the CAA on 23-08-2011 as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II G-AOIL at Compton Abbas on 29 June 2003: De Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth II AN0374917


Photo of G-AOIL courtesy

Compton Abbas (EGHA)
22 May 2010; (c) Trevor Thornton

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Revision history:

15-May-2011 11:27 sharla Added
15-May-2011 12:23 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2011 14:44 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
16-May-2011 06:16 RobertMB Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
15-Sep-2012 16:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Nov-2016 18:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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