De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, G-AHVY / 83315, Private - Christchurch Aero Club
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Construction Number: 83315
Code Number: RAF - T5617
Operator: Private - Christchurch Aero Club
Photographer: Peter Fitzmaurice
Date Taken: 1955
Ex T5617. Crashed at Christchurch 12 October 1958. Pilot and passenger killed. Passenger (who was occupying rear cockpit for filming reasons) not strapped in and was taking movie shots towards back of aircraft whilst kneeling on seat. Aircraft was fitted with two joysticks at the time (unfortunately). The coroners inquest hypothisised that the control column was accidently kicked out of the pilots hand and the aircraft was far too low to effect a recovery. Both deaths were recorded as "accidental".