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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139880
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
Owner/operator:Aviation Services (South Australia) Ltd
Registration: VH-UEK
MSN: C1/0039
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Second Creek, near Tumby Bay, SA -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Whylla, South Australia
Destination airport:
Ex-RAF Chipmunk T10 WB587. Delivered 31/3/1950. Struck off charge 10/07/1956 as 10 MU RAF Hullavington, upon sale to Australia as VH-UEK.

On 28 January 1963 this aircraft, piloted by 36 year-old W. Schramm was low flying over a group of folks on a beach at Second Creek near Tumby Bay, SA when the aircraft's wingtip struck the water during a turn to go back over the group. It then overturned on a sandbar killing the pilot and injuring his passenger.

It was conjectured, at the time, that this event also led to the loss of Chipmunk VH-BSP less than two weeks later (Which see). This ultimately leading to the cessation of country flying training by Aviation Services. The remains of VH-UEK are currently on display as a "distressed exhibit" at the South Australian Air Museum in Adelaide.


1. Royal Air force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.20)

Revision history:

13-Nov-2011 15:02 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Mar-2014 00:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Mar-2014 07:57 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Aug-2014 15:56 TB Updated [Location, Embed code]

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