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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18710
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Time:16:10 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Registration: G-AOES
C/n / msn: 84547
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Charity Farm Airstrip, Baxterley, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Charity Farm Airstrip, Baxterley, Warwickshire
Destination airport:Charity Farm Airstrip, Baxterley, Warwickshire
Investigating agency: AAIB
The aircraft was being flown by the pilot from the rear cockpit, with the front cockpit vacant. During the course of the local flight a number of aerobatic manoeuvres were conducted, including barrel rolls, a loop, a wing-over and steep turns. A friend of the pilot had taken off from the same airfield in another aircraft and was flying in the vicinity at the time, with the two aircraft remaining in radio contact.

On returning to the airfield, G-AOES positioned low downwind to allow a model aircraft to land. However, as the pilot was levelling from his descent, he suddenly realised that his controls had jammed. The aircraft was just above tree top height at this point.

He informed the other aircraft of his jammed controls, but his next recollection was of being in a dazed condition with the aircraft on the ground. The pilot of the other aircraft called the Birmingham Approach controller who alerted the emergency services. The pilot, who had been wearing a military helmet, suffered facial cuts from contact with the lower edge of the visor which he, in retrospect, considered was 'very sharp'.

After the arrival of the police and emergency services on site, he was taken to hospital where he was later diagnosed to be suffering from a cracked vertebra and internal bruising to his groin. The aircraft had come to rest beside a hedge and ditch bordering the airfield. The engine bay and the front cockpit had been severely crushed in the impact.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:

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


Photo of G-AOES courtesy

Biggin Hill (EGKB / BQH)
1959; (c) Jerry Hughes

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Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
01-Sep-2008 12:28 JINX Updated
01-Sep-2008 12:29 JINX Updated
22-Sep-2012 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Jul-2016 14:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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