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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
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Date:Tuesday 28 March 1933
Time:14:30
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Argosy II
Operator:Imperial Airways
Registration: G-AACI
C/n / msn: AW.363
First flight: 1928
Engines: 3 Armstrong Siddeley Jaguar IVA
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Diksmuide (   Belgium)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussel-Haren Airport, Belgium
Destination airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Aircraft, named "City of Liverpool" crashed after in-flight fire. After the fire started, the pilot tried to make an emergency landing. As it descended from 2000ft, it was seen trailing smoke from the tail section, at about 200ft it broke in two and crashed.
The precise cause of the fire could not established. The investigators narrowed the cause down to the firing of some combustible substance, either accidentally by a passenger or crew member or through vibration or some other natural occurrence, or deliberately by bombing.
It was thought that a fire in the lavatory of plane was caused by passenger Dr. Albert Voss, a dentist from Manchester, who supposedly attempted to commit suicide. He jumped from the plane before it crashed.

Classification:
Loss of control

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Distance from Brussel-Haren Airport to London-Croydon Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (199 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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