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Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo in Lydd

Date & Time: Jul 17, 1991 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-LYDD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lydd - Blackpool
MSN:
31-537
YOM:
1969
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3035
Captain / Total hours on type:
1.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft, which had not flown for over 2 years, had been worked-on during the past days and had to be ferried to Blackpool with two pilots on board. During the takeoff roll on runway 22, at a speed of about 60 knots, a loud report was heard and the outboard section of the right wing disintegrated. The crew abandoned the takeoff procedure and was able to stop the aircraft on the runway. They exited the cabin and were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the double explosion in the right wing could not be determined with certainty. A possibility was that the non-wetted areas of the tanks had become slightly porous during the time that the aircraft had not been in use and consequently may have allowed small leakages of fuel through the porous areas when the tanks had been filled to capacity. The resultant vapour could then have migrated outboard around the edges of the ribs at the end of the tank bay.
Final Report:

Crash of a Partenavia P.68B near Lydd: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jan 22, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-BEUT
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dublin - Lydd
MSN:
97
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While approaching Lydd Airport in poor weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the airplane that crashed six miles southwest of the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed and all three occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Loss of control while conducting a non precision approach in a snowstorm.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-20-DK in Lydd

Date & Time: Aug 17, 1978
Operator:
Registration:
G-AMSM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15764/27209
YOM:
1945
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
During the takeoff run, the airplane deviated to the left side of the runway. The copilot overcorrected, causing the aircraft to swing right, leaving the runway at an angle of 20° partially airborne. The left wing then scraped the intersecting runway 14 while maneuvering to avoid a windsock mast ahead. The aircraft touched down and skidded to a stop. An oil fire broke out in the right engine. All three occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.84 Dragon off Lydd

Date & Time: Jan 22, 1936
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-ACCR
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Croydon – Le Touquet
MSN:
6011
YOM:
1933
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Just after leaving the English coast, while flying over The Channel, the aircraft went out of control and crashed into The Channel, few km off Lydd, Kent. All six occupants, five passengers and a pilot, were rescued while the aircraft sunk and was lost.