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Date:13-MAY-2016
Time:10:55 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:Century Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-AMCK
C/n / msn: 84641
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Lower Bulstone Farm, Weston, Branscombe, near Sidmouth, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Branscombe Airfield, Branscombe, Devon (GB-0062)
Destination airport:Dunkeswell, Honiton, Devon (EGTU)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The plane force landed shortly after takeoff for unknown reasons.The sole occupant, a male pilot, is being treated for leg and back injuries. A witness said the vintage plane "suddenly fell out of the sky" and landed with a "thud". Emergency services and a Devon and Cornwall Police helicopter went to the scene, where the privately owned aircraft came down. A police cordon is in place and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has been informed. According to the AAIB the same plane was involved in a crash in 2001.Witness Karen Fursey said: "I saw the plane flying lower and lower and then it smashed into the ground. I saw the pilot had got out of the plane - he sat down, got up and sat down again."

According to the following press release from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue:

"Date: 13/05/2016
Time: 11:03
Location: Field near Lower Bulstone Farm near Branscombe
Area: Central
County: Devon
Two fire appliances from Sidmouth and the Heavy Rescue Vehicle from Middlemoor attended the area above after reports from ambulance that a light aircraft had come down in the field. On arrival crews confirmed one single occupancy light aircraft in field and the casualty was free and clear from the aircraft. An additional appliance from Exmouth was requested to attend with foam. Police and Ambulance were also in attendance. The foam was used to make a blanket around the outside of the aircraft as a precaution before crews left the incident."

UPDATE: The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 13-10-2016. According to the summary of this report:

"The aircraft had taken off from Branscome Airfield for a short (5-10 minute) flight to Dunkeswell. After pre-flight checks and engine warm-up, the pilot took off on Runway 10. He set course for Dunkeswell, at a height of approximately 1,300 feet (it was his custom to transit below 1,500 feet to assist Exeter Airport ATC).

After about 2 minutes, the engine experienced a loss of power which the pilot was unable to resolve and he selected a suitable field for a forced landing. Just before touchdown in the field, he had to avoid a high ‘Devon hedgebank’ and this resulted in a left-wing-low attitude which led to the aircraft ground looping. The aircraft was badly damaged and the pilot at first believed he had sustained only minor injuries, including being badly winded, but a hospital check showed he had at least one cracked vertebra. This required some surgery, but he reports that he has made a full recovery.

Although the pilot believes that an issue with carburation would be consistent with the power loss he experienced, he cannot be certain and reports that the engine components were too badly damaged to be tested."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Damaged beyond economic repair". Despite this, the wreckage of G-AMCK was sold on to a new owner in Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, on 14-09-2016, presumably for eventual rebuild.

Sources:

1. AAIB: https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aaib-investigation-to-de-havilland-dh82a-tiger-moth-g-amck
2. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=AMCK
3. http://www.midweekherald.co.uk/news/aircraft-crashes-near-sidmouth-1-4534442
4. https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Pilot-injured-vintage-Gypsy-Moth-biplane-crashes/story-29269074-detail/story.html
5. https://www.aeroinside.com/airport/gb-0062/branscombe-branscombe-airfield
6. http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/News/Newsdesk/IncidentDetail.cfm?IncidentID=37081&siteCategoryId=3&T1ID=26&T2ID=41
7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-devon-36286504
8. 2001 Crash of same aircraft: https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/542301fbed915d1371000b7b/dft_avsafety_pdf_501837.pdf

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

Photo of G-AMCK courtesy AirHistory.net


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-May-2016 14:16 gerard57 Added
13-May-2016 16:12 Geno Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-May-2016 18:45 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-May-2016 18:48 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
16-May-2016 15:00 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
15-Jul-2016 09:23 av101 Updated [Operator, Source]
13-Oct-2016 16:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source]
13-Oct-2016 17:37 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Damage, Narrative]
15-Mar-2020 17:47 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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