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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 402
Last updated: 25 April 2019
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Date:28-FEB-1998
Time:17@35 WST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Royal Aero Club of Western Australia
Registration: VH-TMK
C/n / msn: T250
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Wellard, Western Australia -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Perth Jandakot (JAD/YPJT), Western Australia
Destination airport:Perth Jandakot (JAD/YPJT), Western Australia
Investigating agency: ATSB
Narrative:
The pilot hired a de Havilland DH82A Tiger Moth VH-TMK to undertake a 30-minute local pleasure flight with a friend. Although the pilot was qualified to conduct aerobatics, he was not authorised by the aircraft's operator to do so during the accident flight. The aircraft departed Jandakot at approximately 1715 Western Standard Time (WST) and proceeded south to the training area. About 20 minutes later, witnesses saw the aircraft performing an egg-shaped loop at a lower altitude than usual. One witness reported that the aircraft had been conducting continuous loops. As the aircraft was pulling out at the bottom of a loop, witnesses heard a loud crack accompanied by a tearing sound. Two witnesses reported hearing three "bangs". A large, yellow object was seen to separate from the aircraft. The aircraft then appeared to stop and pitch nose-down before entering a spiral dive. The right wing was seen to fold back against the fuselage before the aircraft entered the dive. As the aircraft descended, the left wings folded back, shedding wing components. The aircraft impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude and caught fire. Bystanders were unable to assist the occupants.

Sources:

http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/1998/aair/aair199800648.aspx
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austmz/VH-TMK.html
https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/search/?q=VH-TMK&f=reg&search_type=simple


Images:

Photo of VH-TMK courtesy AirHistory.net


Adelaide - Parafield (YPPF)
7 February 1995; (c) David Tanner (via Daniel Tanner)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
02-Feb-2012 08:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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