Date & Time: Jun 30, 1991 at 1326 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Paul A. & Andrew Wood
Biggleswade - Audley End
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Captain / Total hours on type:
The pilot, sole on board, departed Biggleswade bound for Audley End to take part to an airshow. On completion of the fourth turn, which was wider than previous turns, the aircraft rolled out on a westerly heading and rpm on both fixed-pitch propellers was reduced to around idle. The aircraft decelerated in straight and level flight with the flaps lowered and in a progressively more nose-up attitude. At low airspeed, mid-way along the display axis, the aircraft rolled to starboard and entered a spin to the right from a height of between 400 and 500 feet. It crashed approximately 300 metres north of the display axis and behind a line of trees which obscured spectator's view of the impact. The pilot was killed.
Loss of control at low height after a buckle on the seat belt became entangled with the flying controls.