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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15474
Last updated: 15 December 2018
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Date:17-SEP-1908
Time:17:18
Type:Wright Type A
Owner/operator:Wright brothers
Registration: SC-1
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Myers, Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During a demonstration flight for the US Army, one of the two propellers contacted a bracing wire of the tail. The wire failed, causing the tail to fail in flight. The aircraft crashed into the ground from an altitude of 50-75 feet above the ground. The propeller imbalance was caused by a split in one of the wooden propeller blades. A 2-foot section of the blade separated upon severing the tail brace wire.
Pilot: Orville Wright, injured
Passenger: Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge (US Signal Corps), deceased after the crash
Testflight for US Army

Sources:

archive Bleiente
http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/Selfridge.htm


Images:


17 Sept. 1908, Fort Meyer, VA (USA) by C H Claudy

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Mar-2008 05:20 Bleiente Added
13-Oct-2009 21:34 Goldfish85 Updated
29-Apr-2010 06:14 ion Updated [Date, Time, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 00:37 Anon. Updated [Registration, Location, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 23:58 Anon. Updated [Registration]
16-Jul-2014 06:20 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Photo, ]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Source, Narrative]

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