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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234013
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Date:09-APR-1928
Time:day
Type:Avro 548
Owner/operator:George Lockhart Percy Henderson
Registration: G-EABJ
C/n / msn: E3043
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brooklands Aerodrome, West Byfleet, Weybridge, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Brooklands Aerodrome, West Byfleet, Weybridge, Surrey
Narrative:
The Avro 548 was a development of the Avro 504K, powered by an inline engine in place of the antiquated rotary. One such was G-EBAJ, built by Surrey Flying services, powered by a 80hp Renault

G-EBAJ was first registered (C of R 1288) in December 1921 to the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Co Ltd. Aircraft was based on a conversion of an ex-RAF Avro 504K E3043 (the former RAF serial of which was used on the aircraft registration document as a c/no. in lieu of any official Avro c/no.). Sold on and re-registered 17 July 1926 to George Lockhart Percy Henderson. London WC.2. Aircraft usually based at Croydon Airport.

Operated by the Henderson School of Flying, which crashed at Brooklands on 9 April 1928. There were three on board. The pilot, George Legg, was injured, as was passenger Adrian Beare. The second passenger, J. Stone, was uninjured. Presumably the 548 was damaged beyond repair because its registration was cancelled the following month (at some point in May 1928)

This was not the first accident in which G-EBAJ was involved. On 28 August 1926, whilst Lt-Col Henderson was taxying G-EBAJ at Croydon, its propeller struck a child, Gladys Maud Houghton, causing her fatal injuries, from which she died on 7 September 1926


Sources:

1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/10/C115: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6576583 (report on crash at Brooklands of 9/4/1928)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/8/C93: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6576561 (report on fatal accident at Croydon 28/8/26)
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E2.html
4. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/82-register-gb-g-eb
5. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-EBAJ.pdf
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
7. http://ata.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/business-pleasure/joyriding-companies
8. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15987.0


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2020 23:21 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Mar-2020 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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