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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Date:06-MAY-1959
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic DOVE model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.104 Dove 2A
Owner/operator:Lec Refrigeration
Registration: G-ALEC
MSN: 04402
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Maindy Stadium, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Pengam Moors, Cardiff
Destination airport:
Narrative:
DH.104 Dove Series 2A, first registered as XB-SUU to Banco Nacional de Mexico in 1953. Sold to Flight Servicing Croydon Airport as G-APPD 25/11/58 but reg not taken up. Re-registered as G-ALEC to Lec Refrigeration 21/1/59. The aircraft's record card notes: "Special Dispensation Granted for use of these registration marks in connection with this Dove aircraft. These marks were formerly used by Halifax aircraft G-ALEC"

Written off (destroyed) 6/5/59. The aircraft was taking part to an airshow at Cardiff Airport, carrying a crew of two and two passengers. While flying in the vicinity of the airfield, the airplane went out of control and crashed in unclear circumstances, killing all four occupants. Crashed and written off on impact with a petrol station construction site near Maindy Stadium.

Probable cause: It is believed the accident was the consequence of a pilot error.

Registration G-ALEC cancelled 19/7/60 as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/waleshistory/2012/05/1959_aircraft_disaster_north_road_cardiff.html
2. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1960/1960%20-%200840.PDF
3. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1000515/
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ALEC-1.pdf
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh104-dove-2a-cardiff-4-killed
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/266: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415038 (Main File)
7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/267: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415039
8. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/268: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415040
9. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/269: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415041
10. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/270: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415042
11. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/271: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C415043


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jan-2008 19:59 W.Fischdick Added
02-Jul-2008 12:06 harro Updated
18-Mar-2010 06:50 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]
29-May-2010 22:33 Philthefrog Updated [[Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Narrative]]
12-Mar-2011 16:02 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Nov-2012 16:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2012 13:33 TB Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2012 13:34 TB Updated [Time]
17-Dec-2019 21:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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