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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Israel Aviation Co Ltd
Registration: VQ-PAN
C/n / msn: 3314
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Afrikim Kibbutz, Jordan Valley, Israel -   Israel
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Lydda Airport, Israel
Destination airport:Afrikim Kibbutz, Jordan Valley, Israel
First registered (C of R 5369) on 15.10.34 as G-ACYN to Isaac Chizik, Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, West Byfleet, Weybridge, Surrey. C of A 4531 issued October 1934. Sold on and re-registered (C of R 4531) 31.10.34 to Israel Aviation Co Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel (aircraft based at Lydda) named 'Aviron', and re-registered VQ-PAN. According to a rough translation from the original Hebrew of a published reference (see link #6 for original Hebrew text):

"Yitzhak Chizik, a pioneer in aviation in Palestine, returned to Israel from London on March 1934, where he completed his pilot studies. He tried to persuade David Ben-Gurion and Dov Hoz to set up a school for flying in Eretz, Israel. They accepted his plan but did not approve his request for a budget for the purchase of the Tiger Moth, claiming that it was necessary for the purchase of arms and ammunition for the defense of the Jewish settlements in the Land of Israel.

When Chizik received the British approval, the funding was obtained, and he and Dov Hoz left for Britain and the Tiger Moth was purchased, but remained in London. There were disagreements between Chizik and Pinchas Rutenberg, even when Israel Land Lines, which was supposed to coordinate the training of pilots in Israel. Civil aviation in Israel developed and he established the airline "Aviron" based in Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan Valley. The Tiger Moth was purchased by Chizik, whose serial number was 3314.

His British aircraft, G-ACYN, was renovated and shipped to Israel with a British flight instructor in October 1934. After the plane was made several training and conversion flights were transferred to the flight school. As well as assisting the settlers of Kibbutz Hanita and landing for the first time at a landing site in Sodom in 1938. In March 1938, he served as instructor in the first pilot course of the Aviron Company, which was held in Afikim, Who were among the participants in the Daya camps in Palestine.

When the decision was made to replace the British registration with mandatory Israeli registration, VQ-PAN was assigned, but he was not able to paint it on the plane, because it crashed on one of the hills near Afikim in early 1938"

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 17.3.38 when crashed near Afrikim Kibbutz, Jordan Valley, Palestine. The instructor and student survived the crash. Registration G-ACYN belatedly cancelled by the Air Ministry 18.11.45 as a result of the Air Ministry's 1945 census.


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Revision history:

01-Jan-2018 14:22 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Jan-2018 14:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature]
01-Apr-2019 05:46 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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