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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18913
Last updated: 16 October 2021
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Date:21-JUL-1996
Time:12:01
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito T Mk III
Owner/operator:British Aerospace PLC
Registration: G-ASKH
MSN: ex.RR299
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:1 mile west of Manchester Barton Airport (EGCB) England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Hawarden Airport (EGNR)
Destination airport:Hawarden Airport (EGNR)
Investigating agency: AAIB
Narrative:
The last airworthy de Havilland DH.98 T.Mk. III Mosquito (G-ASKH, ex-RAF serial RR299) crashed on 21-7-1996, 1 mile west of Manchester Barton Airport (EGCB) during an air display. Both occupants were killed (pilot Kevin Moorhouse and engineer Steve Watson). According to the following extract from the official AAIB report into the accident.
"The aircraft left Hawarden at 11:30 hrs on 21 July and flew to Barton Airfield where, after a short period holding off, the pilot started his display routine at 11:56 hours. The main display axis was along Runway 09/27. The routine consisted of a series of non-aerobatic manoeuvres such as climbs, descents, medium turns,level flight at 220 to 240 knots, along the display axis not below 100 feet agl and 'wing overs'; the latter is a manoeuvre which involves the aircraft reversing its course by climbing and rolling to the left or right.

The weather was fine, the surface wind was generally from the south at 9 knots and the temperature was 26 degrees C;the wind at 2,000 feet was 240 degrees and 10 knots. The display was nearing its conclusion with a fly past along the display axis from east to west followed by a steep climb into a 'wing over' to the right during which control of the aircraft was lost.

The aircraft was then observed to complete a number of uncontrolled manoeuvres before control appeared to have been regained, but at too low a height to prevent impact with the ground".

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Aircraft destroyed". As a result, the registration G-ASKH was cancelled by the CAA on 16-12-1996 as "destroyed".

The inquest one year after the accident found that a historic problem with this aircraft (engine cutting out during negative g) is what caused the left engine to temporarily but fatally cut out during the wing over. It was an engineer from the second world war that provided us with this information. Both men are sadly missed.

Sources:

1.https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/542301dce5274a1317000b69/dft_avsafety_pdf_501355.pdf
2.CAA: https://siteapps.caa.co.uk/g-info/rk=ASKH
3.https://www.independent.co.uk/news/two-die-as-last-mosquito-crashes-1329886.html
4.https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?37977-Mosquito-RR299-crash
5.http://vintageaeroplanewriter.blogspot.com/2011/02/dh-mosquito-rr299.html
6.http://www.warbirdregistry.org/mossieregistry/mossie-rr299.html
7.Julie Moorhouse, Kevin Moorhouse's daughter who attended inquest.

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


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
18-May-2008 23:23 JINX 40 Updated
20-Jan-2010 09:35 NePa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Phase, Narrative]
29-Mar-2011 08:20 Nepa Updated [Registration, Cn, Narrative]
19-May-2012 16:10 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jun-2012 06:05 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2012 04:16 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Dec-2012 05:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source]
26-May-2013 23:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Aug-2014 19:28 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
09-Mar-2015 15:33 Jixon Updated [Location]
14-Jun-2016 22:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2016 11:11 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
17-Jun-2016 12:59 TB Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Aug-2016 18:08 Juliemoorhouse Updated [Source, Narrative]
01-Oct-2017 07:00 Anon. Updated [Location]
30-Jan-2019 09:30 Nepa Updated [Cn, Location, Destination airport, Operator]
26-Apr-2019 10:59 Nepa Updated [Location, Destination airport, Operator]
25-Dec-2019 20:25 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport, Accident report, ]
09-Feb-2020 09:00 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Operator]
10-Mar-2020 10:04 Nepa Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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