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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 182847
Last updated: 16 November 2021
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Time:09:07 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Gold Coast Aerobatic Adventures
Registration: VH-UZB
MSN: 291
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Pimpama Airfield, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Pimpama Airfield, QLD
Destination airport:Pimpama Airfield, QLD
Investigating agency: ATSB
On the morning of 28 December 2015, a DH82A Tiger Moth, registered VH-UZB, departed Pimpama Airfield, Queensland for an adventure flight. The pilot had assessed the weather as suitable, with a headwind of 10‑15 kt straight down the intended take-off airstrip.
Shortly after take-off, the pilot manoeuvred at low level, to remain over the clearest terrain for the climb out. At an altitude of between 200 and 300 ft, the engine power unexpectedly reduced. In response, the pilot made a left turn during which the aircraft entered an incipient spin. The pilot reported attempting to recover from the spin, however, the aircraft collided with terrain. The passenger was fatally injured and the pilot sustained serious injuries. The aircraft was substantially damaged.

Contributing factors:
Shortly after take-off, for reasons that could not be determined, the aircraft experienced a partial engine power loss at low altitude.
In response to the partial power loss, the pilot elected to return to the airfield. During the subsequent manoeuvring, the aircraft stalled and entered a spin that was unrecoverable in the available height.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 2 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: ATSB

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Revision history:

28-Dec-2015 02:20 Geno Added
28-Dec-2015 02:21 Geno Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Dec-2015 13:18 Petropavlovsk Updated [Registration]
29-Dec-2015 14:16 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
05-Jun-2016 18:45 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature, Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2019 11:38 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Photo, Accident report, ]
01-Mar-2019 11:38 harro Updated [Phase]

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