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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 15 September 1936
Type:de Havilland DH.86A Express
Operator:British Airways
Registration: G-ADYF
C/n / msn: 2347
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM/EDDH), Germany
Narrative:
The de Havilland DH.86A Express, operating a mail flight to Germany, crashed shortly after takeoff. It turned through 180 degrees, lost height, and hit a tree.

Sources:
» De Havilland full production list
» Flight
» Het nieuws van den dag voor Nederlandsch-Indie¨16-9-1936


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Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport as the crow flies is 738 km (461 miles).

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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