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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18709
Last updated: 23 May 2020
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Time:13:16 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:B.P. Sanders t/a Tigerfly
Registration: G-ANMV
C/n / msn: 83745
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Aston, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Wycombe Air Park, Booker (EGTB)
Destination airport:Wycombe Air Park, Booker (EGTB)
Investigating agency: AAIB
On 10-9-2000, engine failed during aerobatics; during forced landing undercarriage collapsed, and aircraft overturned at Aston, near Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. According to the following excerpt from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"Having completed 20 minutes of a planned 30 minutes pleasure flight, the passenger indicated that he would like to experience some aerobatics. As with previous flights that day, some basic aerobatic manoeuvres were flown including loops, barrel rolls and wing-overs.

The final manoeuvre was initiated at 2,000 feet and consisted of pitching the nose up to 80 degrees from level flight at 100 knots, then at low airspeed with the engine running at full power the aircraft was yawed to the right using full right rudder. During the yaw the throttle was smoothly retarded. The aircraft then entered a steep dive when the engine 'coughed', as on all previous flights, and initially continued to windmill as the airspeed increased. However, unlike the previous flights the engine did not pick up and continue to run. The dive was continued in an attempt to keep the propeller windmilling but it stopped turning after about 3 seconds. As the aircraft does not have a starter, a
forced landing was inevitable.

The aircraft was leveled off at approximately 1,000 feet and slowed to the best glide speed of 55 knots. A field was chosen and a MAYDAY call transmitted on the Wycombe Air Park frequency giving the aircraft position. A series of steep 'S' turns were executed in order to stay at the eastern edge of the chosen field. Alignment with the into wind axis of the field was achieved when the aircraft was at about 70 feet. The aircraft was flared with the wings level but on touchdown the main landing gear collapsed. The aircraft initially slid along the ground and then pitched over at low speed coming to a halt inverted.

There was no indication of fuel leaking and the passenger was instructed to remain in his harness and not move. The pilot released his harness and then checked the passenger for injuries. The passenger had suffered a cut above his left eye and was experiencing back pain but had full use of his limbs. Due to a risk of fire, the passenger was supported and released from his harness with the help of a member of the public, then moved to a safe distance from the aircraft. The accident was attended by air ambulance and police helicopters along with the other emergency services."

Aircraft repaired and returned to service: registration cancelled as "sold to Germany" on 30-6-2006; became D-ECTM


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-ANMV courtesy

Woburn / Woburn Abbey [ Off-Airport ]
22 August 1995; (c) Malcolm Clarke

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Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
28-Aug-2008 14:00 JINX Updated
28-Aug-2008 14:03 JINX Updated
24-May-2013 20:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
11-Jul-2016 15:02 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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