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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22640
Last updated: 24 April 2019
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Time:18:31 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-AOBJ
C/n / msn: 85830
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cardiff Airport, Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF)
Destination airport:Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF)
Investigating agency: AAIB
The pilots of two Tiger Moth aircraft, G-ANFI and G-AOBJ, planned to carry out air-to-air photography with the photographer in 'FI'. The pilot of 'FI' made the radio calls for both aircraft and they entered Runway 30 at taxiway 'H'. They were cleared to take-off at 18:29 hours. 'FI' took off first, followed after a few seconds by 'BJ'. The pilot of 'FI' turned right onto the downwind leg;when he last saw 'BJ' flying it was climbing on the runway heading at about 150 feet agl.

The ATC controller saw 'BJ' start to turn crosswind but his attention was momentarily drawn to an aircraft on final approach. When he looked back, 'BJ' was descending in a nose down attitude, banked to the right. It then disappeared behind a hangar to the northwest of the Control Tower, only to reappear seconds later climbing in a steep nose up attitude, tracking crosswind. It was reported to be "twisting and yawing" as it turned to the left and then descended into a field just outside the airfield perimeter. Aircraft accident action was initiated at 18:31 hours and the Airport Fire Service (AFS) was on scene at 18:32 hours.

Both occupants were seriously injured in the impact; the pilot had managed to escape from the wreckage, but the passenger was trapped in the front seat and had to be cut free by the AFS. The pilot of 'FI' landed and went to the accident site. The pilot of 'BJ', who was conscious and a few feet from the wreckage, told him that he had been unable to move the ailerons to the left due to a restriction. Both casualties received first aid treatment, and, at 18:55 hours, were transferred to hospital by ambulance.

The passenger was a qualified pilot. An injury to his left ankle was of the type that is associated with the application of left rudder at impact. He also suffered head injuries and was unable to recall any detail of the flight. The pilot subsequently died of his injuries three months after the accident

The AAIB report confirms that the Tiger Moth was "destroyed". Although the registration G-AOBJ was cancelled by the CAA on 23 November 1998 as "Addressee Status: Deceased", the Tiger Moth was rebuilt to fly again, and the registration was restored on 1 June 2009 to a new owner


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Revision history:

01-Sep-2008 12:18 JINX Added
20-Apr-2012 11:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Apr-2015 21:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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