ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145117
Last updated: 26 November 2014
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Date:31-DEC-1910
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hot air balloon
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: Unknown
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Kirkwall, Orkney -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Munich
Destination airport:Switzerland
Narrative:
In December 1910, three Germans took off in a balloon from outside Munich, heading - they thought - for Switzerland. Once aloft, the weather changed, cloud built up, the wind veered and by nightfall they were completely lost. In the morning hearing the sound of the sea they descended for a look.

Unfortunately their basket bounced off the top of a wave then shot upwards. When they had recovered their wits Herren Distler and Joerdens realised that their companion Herr Metzger had been thrown out of the basket. He was never seen again.

As the second night approached the two survivors saw some lights and started another descent. Once again the basket hit the sea before being dragged ashore by the partially deflated balloon where they demolished a wall. They found themselves on the outskirts of Kirkwall, Orkney. It was the first ever air crash in the Orkneys.

Sources:
1. http://www.crashsiteorkney.com/page11.htm
2. http://www.caithness.org/caithnessfieldclub/bulletins/2002/early_flying_in_the_north_of_scotland.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Apr-2012 00:10 ryan Added
10-Dec-2013 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
10-Dec-2013 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Damage]
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