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Last updated: 25 March 2019
Date:Wednesday 23 July 1952
Time:22:25 BST
Type:Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IVA
Registration: G-ALDB
C/n / msn: HP.81/3
First flight: 1949
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 70
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pithiviers Airport (   France)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Pithiviers Airport (LFFP), France
The Hermes was being used to transport troops from Blackbushe to the Fayid RAF Station, Egypt when it crash-landed in France.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The defect in No.4 engine was not due to fracture of (the) reduction gear pinion or failure of (the) oil pump drive. The evidence suggests that internal engine failure occurred, causing over-speeding and subsequent disintegration of the reduction gear pinion bearing."

» Air Pictorial Oct. 1965, p.371
» B. Dawson (E-mail 21-4-2007)


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Distance from Blackbushe Airport to Pithiviers Airport as the crow flies is 411 km (257 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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