de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AFMF of Oldstead Aircraft crashed on Simonburn Common near Hexham on the 19th February 1954

de Havilland Dragon Rapide

 

Brian Kyneston Waugh Pilot Survived
Walter Glover Passenger Survived
John Harper Passenger Survived
Dennis Jolly Passenger Survived
Robert (Robin) John Phillips Passenger Survived
Monty Rosen Passenger Survived
Harvey Shenker Passenger Survived
Allan Smith Passenger Survived

 

The aircraft, which was operated from Sunderland as a private charter aircraft, was being flown from Wolsington (Newcastle Airport) to Dublin with the Durham University Amateur Boxing team as passengers. Approximately 10 minutes after leaving Newcastle the pilot noticed a large build up of ice on the wings and the aircraft would not climb about 3,200ft with the port engine losing 200rpm. He decided to return to Newcastle but within 1 minute had lost control of the aircraft which entered a dive. During the recovery Mr Waugh attempted applying full power with both engine but when nothing appeared to happen he closed both throttles. After this point the aircraft levelled out, lost almost all of its forward speed and almost immediately after struck the ground on Simonburn Common with the undercarriage, which dug a pair of furrows some 2ft deep, it slid for another 20 yards before it came to a halt and caught fire.

Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AFMF on Simonburn Common, Hexham, Northumberland
The remaining wreckage lies in a slight depression on the otherwise near level moor.
Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AFMF on Simonburn Common, Hexham, Northumberland
On the base of the propeller is its serial number and a date, May 1950, this would almost certainly have been fitted when the aircraft was overhauled in May 1950 by Adie Aviation Ltd.
Wreckage at the crash site of de Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AFMF on Simonburn Common, Hexham, Northumberland
This photograph shows the remaining wreckage and site where the wreck burned out following the crash.