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Date:25-OCT-2008
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Bevan Clifford
Registration: VH-FBO
C/n / msn: 82918
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Goolwa, South Australia -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Goolwa, SA (YGWA)
Destination airport:Goolwa, SA (YGWA)
Narrative:
A LIGHT plane has crashed at the Goolwa Airfield with the pilot - aged in his 50s - suffering head and spinal injuries in the accident. It is understood the plane crashed shortly after take-off at the airfield, on Airport Rd, Currency Creek.

An airport spokesman said the tiger moth plane was attempting to land when strong winds caused the plane to 'spin around' out of control. Emergency services crew are at the scene and a helicopter response retrieval team has been dispatched from Flinders Hospital.

According to an eyewitness report:
"I, along with a friend,were standing by the runway watching the various aircraft landing, when the Tiger began circling, and getting ready to land to the north on a north/south strip. We knew this was going to be interesting,because of the difficulty experienced by other plane's landings earlier.

She was on final and yawing considerably because of the crosswind from the left, but still the pilot was doing a magnificent job keeping her under control. He was stuck between his Tiger wanting to fly, and him wanting to land. He managed to get his port wheel to touch a number of times, but she just wasn't going to land.

So doing, in my opinion, the sensible thing, the pilot decided to climb out, and come around for another attempt (I would have gone home). Climbing just above stall to maybe two or three hundred feet, the pilot turned 90 degrees to starboard with the wind (I'll leave the wisdom of that for others to decide). The turn continued on to 180 degrees where she just tip stalled and fell. Again,the pilot did a superb job under the circumstances, but the gods weren't with him that day."

Sources:

1. The Moth, Enterprise #147
2. https://www.pprune.org/dg-p-general-aviation-questions/348322-light-plane-crashes-goolwa.html
3. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austcl/VH-FBO.html
4. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1242449/
5. http://www.airliners.net/search/photo.search?regsearch=vh-FBO
6. http://www.adelaidebiplanes.com.au/go/news/bevan-clifford-and-the-tiger-moth


Images:

Photo of VH-FBO courtesy AirHistory.net


Goolwa (YGWA)
10 November 2007; (c) Andrei Bezmylov

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2010 10:16 Petro Added
31-Jan-2012 08:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
26-Apr-2014 23:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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