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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 147620
Last updated: 16 November 2020
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Time:19:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth
Registration: G-ANFV
C/n / msn: 85904
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Shempston Airfield, Duffas, Moray, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Shempston Airfield, Duffas, Scotland
Destination airport:Shempston Airfield, Duffas, Scotland
Investigating agency: AAIB
Substantially damaged - and later assessed as "beyond economic repair" - 12/8/2012 when crashed at a Private aistrip at Shempston Airfield, Duffas, Moray, Scotland. The two persons on board (pilot and one passenger) sustained minor injuries. The pilot initiated a go-around after a bounced landing. As the aircraft turned crosswind, it encountered an increasing tailwind and its performance deteriorated rapidly. The pilot steered the aircraft to an area of low crops with the intention of regaining lost airspeed but was unable to prevent it from striking the ground. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft was being flown from a private grass airstrip which was about 500 metres long and orientated 16/34. A weather forecast obtained from nearby RAF Lossiemouth gave good visibility and scattered cloud, with a surface wind from 140 degrees at 14 knots. Although he assessed the surface wind to be from 150 degrees at 12 knots, the pilot elected to land in the northerly direction, on an approximately 3% up-slope.

The aircraft bounced on landing and the pilot initiated a go-around. As the aircraft turned left, crosswind, there was a loss of airspeed and its performance deteriorated rapidly. The pilot was concerned that the aircraft might settle into a small wooded knoll ahead, so chose to turn to the right towards an open barley field. His intention was to convert some of his remaining height into airspeed and re-establish a climb.

When the pilot attempted to level the aircraft just above the ground, he found that it would not respond in pitch. The aircraft struck the ground moments later, at a speed of about 55 kt and in a descending right turn. The aircraft came to rest after a short distance, with its wings folded about the fuselage. The pilot and his passenger were able to free themselves from the wreckage unaided.

All three emergency services attended the scene and the pilot and his passenger were taken to hospital but had suffered only minor injuries. The pilot believed that he had focussed too much on the ground handling characteristics of the aircraft and had not taken into account how the prevailing weather conditions would affect other phases of flight. He thought that the aircraft had encountered a tailwind as it climbed out of relative shelter at ground level and then had stalled when he initiated the right turn."

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Extensive damage to the aircraft and some crop damage". The damage was presumably enough to render the airframe as "beyond economic repair", as the registration G-ANFV was cancelled by the CAA on 29/04/2013 (seven months later) as "Permanently withdrawn from use"


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Jun 2008 G-ANFV Private 0 Shempston Farm Strip, Duffus, near Elgin, Moray sub


Photo of G-ANFV courtesy

Duffus - Shempston Farm
3 August 2012; (c) Joop de Groot

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Revision history:

13-Aug-2012 13:01 FERRYAIR Added
13-Aug-2012 13:03 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
18-Aug-2012 15:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Oct-2012 02:39 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Jan-2017 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
05-Jan-2017 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Jan-2017 22:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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