Dowty Air Crash - Wolverhampton

On 9th April 1970 at 09:02 hrs, an aircraft owned by Dowty Group Services, a Dove HS 104, Series 8, Registration G-AVHV was “positioning” from Luton to Pendeford Airfield, Wolverhampton to pick up passengers for a flight to France.

Dowty de Havilland Dove

Weather conditions at Wolverhampton were poor and from the evidence available, it appears likely that the Captain experienced difficulty in positioning the aircaft for landing.

Whilst making the third attempt to land, the aircraft stalled and struck a house in Redhurst Drive, Wobaston estate approximately 600 yards from the aerodrome and caught fire.

Dowty Dove G-AVHV Wolverhampton air crash

Two pilots, Captain J E MIller & First Officer R J Davall on the aircraft and an occupant Mrs N Hilton of the house were killed.

Link to Civil Aviation Accident Report 10/71 below:







Dowty de Havilland Dove
Robert Martin
Dowty de Havilland Dove G-AVHV
Dowty Dove G-AV

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  • I used to fly up to Glasgow to a forging manufacturer on these doves(Dowty had 2 aircraft).
    Was saddened when it crashed as I knew the pilots.

    By John Palmer (17/09/2021)
  • My name is Mike Buckless for many years I will never forget this day myself as boy of 7 years, my bother was 10, we saw the plane from the small-holding in Mill Lane No 4 just up from Boulton Paul, the lady was a cleaner from Boulton Paul she used to stop at the farm and chat with my mum, we saw all the fire engines etc going to the crash, myself 58 now and have lived in Rockingham, Western Australia. Mike Buckless

    By mike buckles (23/02/2021)
  • I remember, watching it, I was 10 years old, I was in the rear garden, with my brother, when it skimmed the roof of our house in Brinsford Rd, ran out the front of the house to see it crash in to the property in redhurst drive. Tradegy.

    By Mr G. Hindson (12/05/2020)

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