Crash of a De Havilland DH.60G Moth in Canons Ashby

Date & Time: Aug 12, 2013 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AAZG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Turweston - Turweston
MSN:
1253
YOM:
23
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
512
Captain / Total hours on type:
15.00
Circumstances:
The pilot was carrying out a local flight with a friend. The weather was good (CAVOK), with a westerly wind of about 12 to 15 kt. The passenger occupied the front cockpit and the pilot the rear. The engine started normally and the aircraft departed, climbing to an altitude of 1,200 ft. The pilot carried out two medium banked turns and a gentle wingover manoeuvre before entering another steep turn to the left. When established in the turn, the engine stopped and the aircraft entered a spin to the left. The pilot recovered from the spin but, due to the limited height available, could only pull out of the dive and carry out a forced landing in an isolated grass area, amongst trees and other obstacles. In doing so, the aircraft struck a ridge and furrow, which destroyed the landing gear and much of the forward fuselage. A member of the public witnessed the accident and called the emergency services, who recovered both occupants from the wreckage. The pilot and his passenger had suffered serious injuries and were transferred to hospital. There was no fire.The aircraft had recently been re-weighed. During that process, the fuel tank had been drained and the same fuel was then used to refill the tank. After that, the aircraft had flown some five hours, during which it had been refuelled twice at a licensed aerodrome. The second refuel had taken place prior to positioning the aircraft back to the private site from which the accident flight departed. It was reported that the engine had been consistently reliable. No reason for the engine failure was identified. The pilot considered that he had avoided a serious head injury because he was wearing a protective helmet. Also, he commented that he had since had discussions with others in the historic aircraft community regarding energy absorbing foam in seat pans and its potential for reducing the level of back injuries in the event of an accident.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for undetermined reason.
Final Report:

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60 Moth near Home Hill

Date & Time: May 1, 1960
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UGN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Home Hill - Home Hill
MSN:
411
YOM:
1927
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane crash in unknown circumstances near the Burdekin River in Home Hill. The sole occupant was unhurt while the aircraft owned by Paddy F. Nielsen was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60 Moth in Melbourne

Date & Time: Nov 22, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UGM
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Melbourne - Melbourne
MSN:
453
YOM:
1928
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Built in 1928, the aircraft was restored for three years and has just been delivered to its new owner, J. O. Richardson, three days prior to the accident. The pilot, sole on board, was completing a local flight at Moorabbin Airport. On final approach, the engine failed. The aircraft stalled and crashed short of runway. The pilot was injured and the aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure on final approach.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth in Lausanne: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 11, 1952 at 1650 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HB-OPI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lausanne - Lausanne
MSN:
1864
YOM:
1931
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The pilot and his passenger were completing a local flight in the region of Lausanne. On final approach, the single engine airplane hit a crane and crashed in flames onto a house. The pilot was killed instantly while the passenger died from his injuries a day later.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60X Moth off Wolfe Island

Date & Time: Sep 24, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-CAOU
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Hamilton - Wolfe Island
MSN:
400
YOM:
1927
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing off Wolfe Island, the single engine aircraft hit a stake in water and came to rest. While both occupants were unhurt, the aircraft owned by Donald Barnes was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Collision with stake on landing.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60X Moth in Val d'Or

Date & Time: Sep 19, 1948
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-CAPB
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
507
YOM:
1928
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Stalled shortly after takeoff from Val d'Or Airport. The pilot, sole on board, was injured and the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60M Gipsy Moth off Tumlehed

Date & Time: Jul 15, 1947
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SE-ABY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Västerås - Göteborg
MSN:
1333
YOM:
1930
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training flight from Västerås to Göteborg. On approach to Torslanda Airport from the northwest, the single engine aircraft went out of control, crashed into the sea off Tumlehed and came to rest upside down. Both occupants were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60X Moth in Kwagama Lake

Date & Time: Jun 23, 1947
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-CAOZ
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
505
YOM:
1928
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Kwagama Lake, while in initial climb, the single engine aircraft encountered downdraft, stalled and crashed into the lake. Both occupants were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Caught by downdraft.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60M Moth in Russell Landing

Date & Time: Sep 18, 1946
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CF-CFR
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
MSN:
716
YOM:
1928
Location:
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was performing a cargo flight to Dorset with a pilot and one passenger on board. Enroute, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Russell Landing for unknown reason. While both occupants were unhurt, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.