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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 75628
Last updated: 9 September 2020
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Date:19-AUG-2003
Time:19:25
Type:Bristol Bolingbroke Mk IV T (Blenheim)
Owner/operator:Blenheim (Duxford) Ltd
Registration: G-BPIV
C/n / msn: 10201
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Duxford, Cambridgeshire (EGSU)
Destination airport:Duxford, Cambridgeshire (EGSU)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
On 19 August 2003, Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV G-BPIV was returning from a display to Duxford but crashed on the airfield. The only airworthy example of its type, G-BPIV suffered serious damage. The aircraft apparently hit a bank near the M11 freeway which tore off a gear leg and shoved another into the wing. Once the aircraft came to a stop, the crew of two escaped without injury.

Examination of the airframe revealed extensive damage even though the aircraft, at first glance, appeared to be relatively intact. The fuselage was compressed forward and behind the wing, the wing suffered considerable damage, while both Bristol engines were probably shock-loaded. Of the six extremely rare propeller blades, one appeared to be undamaged. The left engine was detached from the mount and there was considerable sheet metal damage to the entire airframe.

Nature of Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Distorted fuselage, severe damage to landing gear and
engine shock loaded". Due to the rarity and historic nature of this aircraft, it was sold on to new owners on 04-12-2003 (Blenheim (Duxford) Ltd) and rebuilt as a "short nosed" Blenheim Mk.1, using the nose of Blenheim L6739. As such, it was rolled out after rebuild on 04-06-2014 (see link #6)

Sources:

1. Air Classics, Nov 2003
2. AAIB: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5422f67e40f0b6134200057f/dft_avsafety_pdf_025507.pdf
3. CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=BPIV
4. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?108824-Bristol-Blenheim-restoration
5. http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/documents/collections/70-AF-626-Fairchild-Bolingbroke-Blenheim.pdf
6. http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restorations/bristol-blenheim-mk-i-l6739-g-bpiv-rolled-public.html
7. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?47542-Duxford-Bolingbroke

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


Images:

Photo of G-BPIV courtesy AirHistory.net


Duxford (EGSU)
15 July 2018; (c) Mick Bajcar


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010


Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK - 15th September 2010

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jul-2010 23:43 penguin832 Added
24-Nov-2012 18:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Jul-2016 18:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Dec-2017 11:11 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code]
29-Aug-2020 16:36 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
30-Aug-2020 12:33 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
02-Sep-2020 17:48 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
03-Sep-2020 14:27 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
06-Sep-2020 18:25 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]
09-Sep-2020 07:24 Peter Clarke Updated [Photo]

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