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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15837
Last updated: 11 January 2021
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Date:25-MAY-1999
Time:18:23 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: G-BXMN
C/n / msn: 86243
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Whalley, near Blackburn, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Farm Strip, Whalley, Lancashire
Destination airport:Blackpool, Lancashire (BLK/EGNH)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
c/n 86243 ex-RAF NL772, ex-Portugese Navy as 'T-10'. Registered CR-AGL 1959 to Aero Clube do Chimoio, Vila Pery. Sold 2.1.70 to Carl Strecker, Johannesburg, South Africa. Registered ZS-IGJ 20.2.70 to CF Strecker (with c/n "RF2563"). Registration cancelled 20.7.70 as "sold to USA" .

Shipped to USA on board SS "African Comet"15.6.70. Registered N8353 1.8.70 to Richard Dikovics, New York. Re-registered N82RD 1.9.70 to same owner (later Riverdale, NY); based Orange County Airport; CofA issued 11.9.70. Registration cancelled 10.7.81 as "lapsed".

Sold to Warren Davies and initially on rebuild during 1982 in a 26th Floor apartment in New York (!) Sold 1994 to Spencer Flack, Watford, UK and stored. Resold to Steve Alexander, Bromsgrove 1995.

Registered G-BXMN 2.10.97 to Linda V Handley, Blackburn (but actually owned by Kevin Handley). Rebuilt by Air Navigation & Trading at Squires Gate and reflown 7.11.98. CofA issued 27.11.98, painted in RAF c/s as NL772.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 25-5-1999 when crashed at Whalley, near Blackburn, Lancashire. (At approximate Coordinates: 5349′26″N 224′14″W). According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The aircraft, with pilot and passenger on board, was undertaking a local flight from a farm strip when, at a height of 1,100 feet, the engine began to run roughly and lose power. The pilot elected to carry out a forced landing on a golf course adjacent to a wooded area but, as he positioned the aircraft for the landing the engine appeared to recover. He completed a 360 turn but the engine then again lost power, leaving the pilot with no choice but to land in the trees. During the landing, both Sutton type harnesses failed and both occupants sustained injuries. There was no fire.

The weather conditions obtained from Blackpool Airport at the time of the accident indicated temperature of +12C and a dew point of +6C, conditions considered favourable for the formation of carburettor icing at cruise power. It was the opinion of the pilot and his passenger that the symptoms of the power loss were consistent with such icing having occurred".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft severely damaged". Presumably, the airframe was assessed as being "damaged beyond economic repair", as the registration cancelled as "destroyed" 13.11.99. Wreckage reported stored at Welshpool in August 2000.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f3afe5274a13170004af/dft_avsafety_pdf_500734.pdf
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BXMN
3, http://www.dehavilland.co.za/DH82A_Tiger_Moth_construction_numbers_and_histories.htm
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p862.html
5. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=1098

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


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2008 23:03 Bleiente Added
02-Feb-2012 17:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2012 15:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2013 02:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2015 17:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase]
02-Jul-2016 18:41 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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