The pilot and passenger were returning to Beverley Airfield, Yorkshire, after a day trip to Midlem Airfield, Scotland. Their departure from Midlem was delayed and consequently it was dark when the aircraft arrived at Beverley. The pilot did not hold a night rating. The pilot telephoned another member of the flying club and arranged for him to illuminate the touchdown area of the grass runway with the headlights of his car. The aircraft was manoeuvring in the final approach area when it was seen to descend rapidly to the ground. Both occupants were fatally injured.