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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 187589
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SF25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Scheibe SF 25B Falke
Registration: G-BJOZ
C/n / msn: 4646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Moat Hall, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Moat Hall, Staffordshire
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Substantially damaged 30-5-1994 when crashed on take off from a private grass airstrip at Moat Hall, Staffordshire. The two persons on board (pilot and one passenger) were uninjured. According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident:

"The pilot was operating from a grass airstrip, which was mown and dry. The surface wind, although variable, was less than 5 knots, and the ambient temperature was 19 degrees C. The motor glider became airborne about two thirds of the way along the runway, but then sank back onto the ground, before getting airborne again just short of the airstrip boundary hedge.

However, the climb performance of the motor glider was insufficient to enable the aircraft to avoid a post located within the hedge. After striking the post, the aircraft crossed a road, before coming to rest in an adjacent field.

The pilot attributes the accident to either a change in the wind direction or sink due to thermal activity."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Substantial damage to airframe components". As a result the registration G-BJOZ was cancelled on 31-3-1995 (almost a year later) as "Transferred to another country or authority > REPUBLIC OF IRELAND". However, the aircraft appears not to have aspired to the Irish civil register...


1, AAIB:
2. CAA:

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

Revision history:

24-May-2016 15:58 Dr.John Smith Added

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