Aviation safety investigations & reports

De Havilland DH 82, VH-HPH, Smarden, United Kingdom, 2 March 1990

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Status: Completed
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Whilst cruising at 2000 feet the propeller separated from the engine, damaging the upper starboard wing leading edge. During the ensuing forced landing further damage was sustained to the landing gear and elevator. Investigation revealed the crankshaft had suffered a fatigue failure, causing the propeller to separate from the engine. The pilot reported the crankshaft had been in service for 150 hours and that all recommended modifications had been incorporated.

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General details
Date: 02 March 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1152    
Location: Smarden, United Kingdom    
State: International    
Release date: 24 May 1991   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd  
Aircraft model DH-82  
Aircraft registration VH-HPH  
Serial number 1375  
Type of operation Private  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Binbrook United Kingdom  
Departure time 1030  
Destination Lydd United Kingdom  
Last update 11 March 2016