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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18707
Last updated: 8 May 2020
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Time:08:30 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:Trustee of the P & D Group (owners)
Registration: G-ANPK
C/n / msn: 3571
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Jaywick Sands, near Clacton Airfield, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Clacton, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex (EGSQ)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Written off (destroyed) 18-8-1996: Engine failed during climb after take-off, stalled and crashed onto the Jaywick Sands, near Clacton Airfield, Essex injuring 2 on the ground. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"On the day of the accident the privately owned aircraft was leased to a company which sells flying lessons in Tiger Moths. One of the company's instructors had intended to fly the aircraft solo to another airfield where the lessons were conducted.

On commencing the take-off run, the engine reached the usual speed of around 2,000 RPM and the take off proceeded normally. The aircraft became airborne at between 45 and 50 knots but during the climb, at a height between 150 and 200 feet, the engine suddenly stopped producing power and started to splutter. The engine alternately spluttered and recovered to near full power for a few seconds before stopping completely. When the problem first started, the aircraft was in the area of the Clacton airfield boundary. Along the extended runway centre line the distance between the boundary and the shore is some 600 metres.

An elevated coastal footpath crosses the extended centre line almost at right angles to it. The seaward side of the path is bounded by a continuous masonry wall about three feet high. At the time of the accident, two ladies were walking a dog along the path in the direction of Clacton to Jaywick and they were close to the extended centre line when the Tiger Moth took off.

The pilot stated that when the engine faltered, her first choice for a forced landing was the one fairway on the golf course which was parallel to, and beside, the coastal path, but at the time it was populated by golfers. Her second choice was the beach but that had "the same problem with people everywhere".

Another option was to land in the sea, but she judged that she could not "reach far enough out to sea to guarantee not to hit any swimmers". She also stated that seeing nowhere to land she maintained heading but the aircraft stalled just before the sea wall. She reported that the left wing dropped and the aircraft fell to the ground in a nose-down attitude hitting the sea wall nose-first."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". Despite this assessment, the aircraft was repaired/rebuilt, and sold on to a new owner three years later, on 19-11-1999


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-ANPK courtesy

Duxford (EGSU)
2 June 1996; (c) Malcolm Clarke

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Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
31-Aug-2008 01:34 JINX Updated
26-May-2013 23:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jun-2016 16:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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