$render.recurse($ctx, '$content.code.value')

Replica WWI plane crash lands

16:00 22 September 2016

The World War I Albatros DVa ended upside down in a field | @Kent_999s

The World War I Albatros DVa ended upside down in a field | @Kent_999s

Archant

The engine failed as the Albatros DVa returned from northern France, where it took part in Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations

The pilot escaped unscathed from the crash but The Vintage Aviator Limited replica, operated by the WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust (WAHT), finished upside down in a field near Ashford in Kent.

It was nearing the end of a flight across the English Channel to Headcorn Aerodrome when engine failure caused the single-seater plane to crash land at about 2.20pm on Thursday 15 September.

Hours earlier, the German Albatros DVa had been flying over Caterpillar Valley cemetery in Longeueval, France, to mark New Zealand’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme. In front of dozens of dignitaries, including Prince Charles, the single-seater joined another World War I replica plane to carry out a poppy drop.

Albatros DVa | Toby Clifford, Flickr CC2.0Albatros DVa | Toby Clifford, Flickr CC2.0

Duty controller at Headcorn David Kember said the pilot had attempted to land in a field, but the plane caught a fence.

Despite “substantial damage to the plane’s wings”, according to Kent Police, the Albatros is repairable. The pilot was also lucky to escape serious injury.

“Both will be back in the air at the first opportunity,” said WAHT chief trustee Dick Forsythe.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Pilot visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Pilot staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Pilot account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

44 minutes ago

With the Red Bull Air Race in the skies over Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time ever this weekend, Pilot looks at the biggest names and title challengers to watch

Read more
12:42

We’re running an online Reader Survey – and you could win fantastic prizes if you take part

Read more
Yesterday, 11:01

Roderick Morton claimed top prize at the historic air race in his Lake Buccaneer

Read more
Yesterday, 10:40

The pilot, his two passengers and everyone driving along the road were unharmed in the incident, which was caused when the aeroplane’s engine failed

Read more
Wed, 17:27

Flt Lt Sean Cunningham died in 2011 after the ejector seat of his Hawk T1 fired while the aircraft was on the ground

Read more
Wed, 17:13

Lancashire pilot Mark Hanson broke the record for the number of aircraft takeoffs and landings in one hour, although he felt he could have achieved more

Read more
Tue, 17:04

Just five years after joining easyJet as a first officer, Kate McWilliams has risen to the rank of captain at the age of 26

Read more
Friday, September 23, 2016

Gliding is a true sport and when the competition bug bites, the only way is up! Pilot joins the BGA Club Class team on a training day at Lasham

Read more
Thursday, September 22, 2016

Shocking footage from the heads-up display shows the moment a student pilot blacks out, causing his F-16 to nosedive at a terrifying rate

Read more
Thursday, September 22, 2016

FlyPlymouth hopes to raise £75,000 before 29 October to fund their fight in the Plymouth Plan examination next year, which will decide the future of the mothballed airfield

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Most Read


Subscribe or buy Pilot Magazine