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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 74044
Last updated: 21 July 2020
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Time:14:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Registration: G-APAP
C/n / msn: 83018
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Henlow, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Henlow, Bedfordshire (EGWE)
Destination airport:Henlow, Bedfordshire (EGWE)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Hit hay bale on landing and resulting inspection revealed broken main spar in starboard lower wing. According to the summary of the AAIB report into the incident:

"The examiner, who was sat in the front seat of the Tiger Moth, was undertaking a renewal flight for the student’s lapsed SSEA NPPL rating. The surface wind was from approximately 090° at less than 10 kt and Runway 09 was in use. Aircraft taxiing from the parking area to Runway 09 normally use a taxiway that runs along the left side of Runway 31; however, a large model aircraft and a car were parked on the taxiway and the student therefore had to taxi along Runway 31. The taxi was uneventful until they approached the parked car, when the aircraft veered to the right and departed the runway. The examiner saw a hay bale, which he thought would hit the left wing, and took control of the aircraft, steering it to the right. He then observed a second hay bale, which was not an immediate threat to the aircraft, and after clearing the first bale he steered to the left to position the aircraft back onto the runway. During this manoeuvre the aircraft struck a third bale that had been obscured from his view by the right wing. The examiner and student believe that the accident occurred because they had been distracted by the car and model aircraft parked on the taxiway.

At the time of the accident G-APAP was owned by Mr. J.C.Wright of Potter's Bar, Herts. Presumably sold on for repairs/rebuild as restored to UK civil aircraft register 3.11.2011 to Blue Eye Aviation Ltd of Netherthorpe, Worksop, Notts.


1. The Moth, Enterprise # 147
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of G-APAP courtesy

Waddington (EGXW / WTN)
5 July 2013; (c) Fred Willemsen

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Revision history:

23-Apr-2010 10:04 Petro Added
11-Dec-2011 13:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Aug-2012 21:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
27-May-2014 17:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Nov-2014 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Nov-2016 17:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]

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