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Date:18-JUL-1927
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:The Aerial Advertising Travel & Survey Agency Ltd
Registration: G-EBMO
C/n / msn: 197
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Shillong, Assam -   India
Phase: Approach
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Shillong, Assam, India
Destination airport:Shillong, Assam, India
Narrative:
c/no.197 DH.60 [Cirrus I]: registered G-EBMO [CofR 1209] 27.11.25 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. CofA 1002 issued 8.7.26. Winner of King's Cup Air Race 10.7.26, piloted by Hubert Broad. Damaged in forced landing near Selby, North Yorkshire, when engine seized 24.7.26; repaired.

Fitted with prototype Cirrus II immediately prior to entry by The Master of Sempill in Lympne Open Handicap 18.9.26 - finished in 8th position. Flown 29.9.26 by Sempill on first Lands End to John O'Groats flight (630 miles in 8 hr 14 min flying; one refuelling stop).

Re-registered [C of R 1317] 6.11.26 to Thomas Neville Stack and flown to India with G-EBKU (c/n 169), departing Stag Lane 15.11.26, arriving Karachi 8.1.27. After Stack returned to UK, this Moth was flown by Bernard Leete in North West India and Punjab. Transferred to newly formed advertising company, The Aerial Advertising Travel & Survey Agency Ltd, Calcutta [owned by Leete] and flown by Flying Officer W.H. Vetch. Flown back to Karachi then on to Lahore, Delhi and Calcutta. UK registration cancelled 13.6.27 as sold in India (but was never Indian registered).

Written off 18.7.27; The aircraft was owned by Thomas Neville Stack but piloted this day by W.H. Vetch for a demo flight in Shillong, Assam, India. After performing several manoeuvre, pilot started an approach but was too low. Aircraft hit telegraph wires and crashed into the ground, hitting few people. The pilot and four other people were injured while the aircraft was destroyed. Cause of accident attributed to "Poor judgement on part of the pilot. Too low approach".

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh60.pdf
2. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EBMO.pdf
3. https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205094440
4. http://www.europeanairlines.no/the-master-of-sempill-in-norway/
5. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1927/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-60-moth-in-india/]


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Mar-2011 10:26 Johnny Johnny Added
10-Dec-2011 15:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2017 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Dec-2017 10:31 Sergey L. Updated [Phase]

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