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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 190080
Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Type:Albatros D.V
Owner/operator:WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust
Registration: ZK-TGY
C/n / msn: 0087
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pimp Hurst Farm, Bethersden, near Ashford, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Longueval, France
Destination airport:Lashenden (Headcorn) Airfield, Kent (EGKH)
An Albatros DV.a replica sustained substantial damage when it flipped over during a forced landing in a field at Pimp Hurst Farm, Bethersden, near Ashford, Kent. The aircraft came to rest inverted. The aircraft was returning to the U.K. following a fly past at the WW1 Somme commemoration at Longueval, France. According to the following excerpt from the AAIB report into the accident:

"The Albatros DV.a was a German World War 1 fighter aircraft equipped with a Mercedes D.111 six-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. ZK-TGY is a reproduction aircraft, manufactured in 2015 and operated by a historic warbird company in New Zealand. The engine is understood to be an original unit that has been overhauled.

The aircraft was on loan to an organisation in the UK and was returning from an event in France. The pilot reported that, approximately 4 miles short of the destination airfield, the engine began to run rough before stopping. He attempted a forced landing but clipped a hedge on final approach, resulting in the aircraft coming to rest inverted; he was uninjured.

The pilot reported that sufficient fuel remained in the tanks after the accident and water temperature and fuel pressure indications were normal throughout the flight. A landing incident three flights previously resulted in damage that required a replacement propeller and the aircraft was returned to flight after consulting the manufacturer.

The cause of the engine failure was not immediately apparent and the operator advised that the aircraft would be recovered to New Zealand for further examination."


1. AAIB:

Revision history:

15-Sep-2016 19:07 harro Added
15-Sep-2016 19:08 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Embed code]
15-Sep-2016 19:21 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
16-Sep-2016 09:09 Anon. Updated [Cn]
15-Jan-2017 00:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2017 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
15-Jan-2017 00:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
15-Jan-2017 00:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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