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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188728
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Time:15:46 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DA40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Diamond DA40 Diamond Star
Owner/operator:Lyrastar Ltd
Registration: G-CBFA
MSN: 40.063
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Old Warden Aerodrome, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Old Warden Aerodrome, near Biggleswade, Bedfordshire (EGTH)
Investigating agency: AAIB
After landing the aircraft was taxiing across the grass to park when the nose gear became separated and the prop struck the ground. According to the following summary from the official AAIB report into the accident (published 9 March 2014):

"The nose gear leg failed whilst the aircraft was taxiing. Detailed examination of the failed leg concluded the failure was due to a fatigue fracture. Because of previous similar failures, this part number nose gear leg was subject to an Airworthiness Directive that required regular inspection for cracks. This inspection had been completed 33 flying hours earlier, with no defect found. Since then the aircraft had been used for basic training, which involved a large number of takeoffs and landings from grass runways."

Damage sustained to airframe: Per the AAIB report "Nature of Damage: Nose landing gear leg, nose wheel, propeller
and possible damage to engine"


1. Shuttleworth vintage aircraft society Facebook page at
2. AAIB:
3. CAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report



At Home with the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Saturday 16th July 2016 @ 1731

Revision history:

18-Jul-2016 06:09 HOG Added
18-Jul-2016 14:11 Geno Updated [Cn, Operator, Source]
01-Aug-2016 11:14 Anon. Updated [Narrative, Photo, ]
14-Mar-2017 18:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2017 00:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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