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Last updated: 29 November 2020
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Date:26-AUG-2017
Time:09:28 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:Private
Registration: G-ADXT
C/n / msn: 3436
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Spread Eagle Hill, near Compton Abbas Airfield, Shaftesbury, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Compton Abbas Airport (EGHA)
Destination airport:Compton Abbas Airport (EGHA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
DH82A Tiger Moth, G-ADXT was written off (destroyed) due to loss of control, following engine problem on takeoff from Compton Abbas Airfield, Dorset, 26 August 2017. The official AAIB report into the accident was published on 10 January 2019, and the following is an extract from it...

"The aircraft was carrying out an introductory flight with the pilot and a passenger aboard. As it became airborne from runway 08 at Compton Abbas Airfield, the engine was heard to misfire, but the aircraft continued to climb before making a left turn. Shortly afterwards, the pilot reported an engine problem and his intention to return to the airfield. The aircraft was on the base leg of an approach for runway 26 when the nose pitched down, and it appeared to enter a steep descending turn to the left from which it did not recover before impact it struck the surface of a crop field in a steep nose-down attitude and caught fire. Both occupants were fatally injured.

Conclusion:
The accident occurred when the pilot was attempting to return to the airfield after reporting a rough running engine. Damage sustained during the accident prevented an assessment of the magnetos, ignition system and carburettor. A problem with any one of these could have caused the reported symptoms. The possibility of carburettor icing could not be discounted. At about 200 ft agl, the aircraft pitched suddenly and significantly nose down before descending in a left turn from which it did not recover before striking the surface of a crop field. The reason for this final manoeuvre was not determined."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the above AAIB report, G-ADXT was "destroyed". As a result, the registration G-ADXT was cancelled on 19 September 2017 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. http://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/15497626.Two_men_die_in_plane_crash/
2. https://www.dorset.police.uk/news-information/article/3499#59a14baf5696f
3. https://www.dwfire.org.uk/incident/aircraft-shaftesbury/
4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-berkshire-41060535
5. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/aug/26/two-killed-in-dorset-light-aircraft-crash-tiger-moth
6. https://www.gillingham-news.co.uk/news/two-men-die-light-aircraft-crash-compton-abbas-airfield-near-shaftesbury/
7. https://www.itv.com/news/2017-08-26/two-men-die-in-dorset-light-aircraft-crash/
8. https://forums.flyer.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=105182&sid=db6278a39dfb283bfca6726d40783386
9. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5c1114f040f0b60c8701aa7b/DH82A_Tiger_Moth_G-ADXT_01-19.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

22 Jun 2001 G-ADXT Private 0 near Fishbourne, 2 miles W of Chichester, West Sussex sub

Media:


Images:

Photo of G-ADXT courtesy AirHistory.net


Compton Abbas (EGHA)
17 June 2017; (c) Alex Christie


G-ADXT at Compton Abbas airfield, May 2013 (Ian Kirk; CC:by)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Aug-2017 12:42 gerard57 Added
26-Aug-2017 12:44 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source]
26-Aug-2017 12:48 Aerossurance Updated [Location]
26-Aug-2017 17:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Aug-2017 17:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
26-Aug-2017 17:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
27-Aug-2017 08:40 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Sep-2017 12:55 Michael Roots Updated [Registration, Source]
20-Dec-2017 07:19 rvargast17 Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]
10-Jan-2019 20:11 harro Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Jan-2019 20:12 harro Updated [Embed code, Photo]
10-Jan-2019 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
10-Jan-2019 21:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Mar-2019 00:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
18-Mar-2019 00:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]

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