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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24993
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Date:27-MAR-1929
Time:17:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:Cinque ports Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-EBNN
C/n / msn: 260
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1 mile North East of Lympne, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lympne, Kent [LYM/EGMK]
Destination airport:Lympne, Kent [LYM/EGMK]
Narrative:
DH.60 [Cirrus I] registered G-EBNN [C of R 1238] 19.2.26 to The Yorkshire Aeroplane Club Ltd, Sherburn-in-Elmet (although possibly initially allotted to Lancashire Aero Club). C of A 995 issued 16.6.26 and delivered 18.6.26. Badly damaged on landing Sherburn-in-Elmet 14.7.27; repaired by DeHavilland at Stag Lane, Edgware and returned after repairs 24.8.27.

Sold 26.10.27 and registered [C of R 1523] 18.11.27 to The London Aero Club Ltd [London Aeroplane Club], Stag Lane (to replace DH.60 Moth G-EBKT). Sold 22.9.28 and registered [C of R 1797] 24.10.28 to Cinque Ports Flying Club Ltd, Lympne, Kent.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 27/03/1929: Shortly after takeoff from Lympne, while climbing, engine failed. Pilot lost control of the aircraft that crashed in a field on km northeast of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were injured, among them H.G. Travers, instructor. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Western Daily Press" - Saturday 30 March 1929:

"A DH60 Moth, serial G-EBNN, crashed at Lympne at 1700 hours on 27th March 1929. Owned by the Cinque Ports Flying Club, the pilot was a Mr. H.G. Travers and the pupil was his wife. Travers was a Flight Lieutenant in the Reserve of Air Force Officers and had graduated in the Service early in 1916. He had been 'demobbed' in 1919, having gained a great deal of experience flying seaplanes as well as standard types of aircraft - in civilian life he took up flying again in 1926 and had accumulated 303 hours which included about 242 in Moths. He had been appointed Chief Instructor of the Cinque Ports Flying Club in October 1928. At the time of the crash he had given his wife 12 hours dual instruction.

On this flight G-EBNN had taken off from Lympne with the pupil at the controls in the rear cockpit and the flight had been without event for 7 or 8 minutes. Mrs. Travers executed one practice landing at the aerodrome and took off again but when the Moth was at a height of 150-200 feet the engine cut out. Her husband immediately took over control - having insufficient height to regain the airfield he attempted to land in a small, narrow field immediately below the aircraft but he stalled the Moth during a turn and it fell to the ground. The undercarriage collapsed and G-EBNN turned over onto its back.

The pilot was pinned under the wreckage for a time and his first fear was an immediate outbreak of fire, but although his head was immediately above the petrol tank he did not see or smell any escaping fuel. His wife at once came to his assistance and attempted to lift the wreckage off him, and eventually he escaped from the aircraft in one piece. The cause of the crash? Out of fuel..."

Wreckage taken to Brooklands, but not rebuilt; instead used as a "gate guardian" to advertise the airfield - incorporated into an advertising hoarding at the entrance to the airfield.

Registration cancelled by the CAA on 2.1.30 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EBNN.pdf
2. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh60.pdf
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1927/1927
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh60-moth-lympne
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=933.0;wap2
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E3.html
7. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p002.htmll
8. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/82-register-gb-g-eb


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
05-May-2013 00:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
31-Aug-2017 18:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Sep-2018 06:07 Sergey L. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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