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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76735
Last updated: 27 August 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic RV4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Van's RV-4
Owner/operator:Marx Brothers Flying Group
Registration: G-MARX / 78
C/n / msn: 2394-1211
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rowland Wood, Near Havenstreet, Isle Of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Bembridge, Isle of Wight (BBP/EGHJ)
Destination airport:Bembridge, Isle of Wight (BBP/EGHJ)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Two aircraft, a Mooney M20J (G-JAST) and a Vans RV-4 (G-MARX), were participating in the Merlin Trophy Air Race, which started and finished at Bembridge Airport, on the Isle of Wight. The aircraft were closely matched on speed and after the last turn of the race the Mooney began to overtake the RV-4; shortly after which the two aircraft collided over Havenstreet

The Mooney broke up in flight and fell to the ground; the pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. The RV-4 was badly damaged but the pilot managed to land at Bembridge Airport, the crew of the RV-4 having received minor injuries.

The investigation determined that the pilot of the Mooney had probably been unable to see the RV-4 for approximately the final 39 seconds before the collision.

Nature of damage sustained to airframe: per the AAIB report "Extensive damage to landing gear and right wing". As a result, the registration G-MARX was cancelled by the CAA on 17-06-2011. However, G-MARX was later repaired/rebuilt, and restored to the UK register as G-IICC just over a year later on 08-08-2012


1. AAIB:
2. CAA:
7. NTSB Identification: CEN10WA538B at

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

Vans RV-4 (UK registration G-MARX) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, in July 2005: Vans.rv-4.g-marx.arp

Revision history:

06-Sep-2010 10:12 TB Added
06-Sep-2010 10:16 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Phase, Narrative]
16-Feb-2011 03:26 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage]
14-Oct-2012 15:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Oct-2012 15:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 17:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2016 17:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
23-Nov-2016 17:47 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Nov-2016 17:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
23-Nov-2016 17:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location]

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