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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 427
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Date:29-JUL-1960
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:J.M. Smeets
Registration: PH-NIK
MSN: 83584
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Terlet Airfield, Terlet, 2.5nm North of Arnhem, Gelderland -   Netherlands
Phase: Take off
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Terlet Airfield, Terlet, Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands (EHTL)
Destination airport:Terlet Airfield, Terlet, Arnhem, Gelderland, Netherlands (EHTL)
Narrative:
de Havilland DH.82a Tiger Moth MSN 83584 (built by Morris Motors, Cowley, Oxford); Taken on charge by the RAF as T7145 at 20 MU RAF Aston Down, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire 27.7.40. To 1 EFTS RAF Hatfield, Hertfrodshire 7.11.40. To 28 EFTS RAF Pendeford, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire 1.11.41. Crashed 12.5.42 [presumed at or near RAF Pendeford, Wolverhampton]; to Southern Aircraft, Gatwick for repairs 17.5.42. To 39 MU RAF Colerne, Wiltshire 14.6.42 after reapirs complete. To 10 Flying Instructors School, RAF Woodley, Reading, Berskhire 6.2.43. To 11 EFTS RAF Perth/Scone, Perthshire 10.7.44, coded ‘FIB-J’. To 11 RFS RAF Perth/Scone, Perthsire 26.6.47, coded “21”. To 62 Group Communications Flight, RAF Colerne, Wiltshire 14.5.52. To 81 Group Communications Flight, RAF Colerne, Wiltshire 15.8.52; renamed Colerne Communications Squadron 7.52. To 12 MU RAF Kirkbride, Cumberland 5.2.53 for stroage pending disposal.

Struck off charge when sold 18.11.53 to A.J. Whittemore [Aeradio] Ltd, Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey. Registered as G-APFT (C of R R6118) 27.8.57 to Rollason Aircraft & Engines Ltd, Croydon. C of A issued 22.11.57. Registration cancelled 22.11.57 as 'sold to Holland'.

Registered PH-NIK (C of R 609) 4.2.58 to J.M. Smeets, Maastricht; named "Spoed-Nik". Damaged in collision at Zwartberg Airfield, Belgium 1.1.60 (or 4.1.60) and returned to Rollasons, Croydon for rebuild. Zwartberg Airfield (Vliegveld Zwartberg) is an airport located 6 km north-northeast of Genk, Limburg, Belgium, at approximate coordiantes 51°0′55″N, 5°31′35″E.

Written off 29.7.60 in an accident at Terlet Airfield, Terlet, 2.5nm North of Arnhem, Gelderland. Translation of accident report: "A limited amount of banner towing was allowed from glider airfield Terlet, with special permission only. Straight after the first flight the pilot was instructed to strictly follow the regulations and not to cross the winch path again.

After the second take off the pilot failed to pick up the banner. The pilot continued initially on a straight out heading but then turned right whilst still over the winch path. At that moment the PH-262 was being launched. The Tiger Moth collided with the winch cable. As the winches’ cutting mechanism failed the aircraft was being pulled downwards by the cable after which it crashed into the ground. The aircraft was heavily damaged, the pilot received severe head injury.

The Board judged the pilot had acted most irresponsibly and deemed grave sanctions were in order. However, since the pilot had been injured severely and already had been fined by a sub-district court, the Board confined itself to a reprimand."

Returned to Croydon but not rebuilt. Registration G-APFT cancelled 28.11.60. Stored Croydon until 9.66; to Rollasons store at Rochester, Kent and burnt in clearout 1979.

Terlet Airfield (ICAO: EHTL) is a small airfield in the Netherlands 2.5 nautical miles north of Arnhem in Gelderland and close to Deelen Air Base at approximate cordinates 52°3′ 26″ N, 5°55′28″ E. It is used mainly by gliders and motor gliders, as well as some light aircraft, that are used as tugs for the gliders.

Sources:

1. http://www.hdekker.info/registermap/MN.htm
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-APFT.pdf
3. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?24189-Pics-from-1952-where-to-post/page5
4. http://dutchtigermoth.com/PH-NIK/index.html
5. https://air-britain.com/pdfs/production-lists/DH82.pdf
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p835.html
7. Tiger Moth PH-NIK at Croydon in 1957: https://aflyinghistory.com/search-aeroplane-photographs?query=PH-NIK
8. http://www.hdekker.info/Nieuwe%20map/1960.htm#29.07.1960
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terlet_Airfield

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

1 Jan 1960 PH-NIK J.M. Smeets 0 Zwartberg Airfield, 6 km north-northeast of Genk, Limburg sub

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Jan-2008 10:00 ASN archive Added
25-Apr-2012 18:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Jun-2020 11:49 Cobar Updated [Time, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
06-Jan-2021 13:33 MaartenH Updated [Narrative]
24-Sep-2021 21:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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