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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15872
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Type:Levavasseur Antoinette VII
Owner/operator:Hubert Latham
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn: unknown
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:The Channel, 2 km off Dover, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Calais, France
Destination airport:Dover, Kent
On 27 July, 1909, Hubert Latham made a second attempt to cross the Channel. He was within minutes of arriving in the vicinity of Dover when engine failure again forced him into the sea. This time he could not control the angle of descent as well as he had in his first attempt and when he hit the water he seriously damaged the aircraft and suffered severe lacerations to his forehead.

Although no definitive cause of engine failure for this second attempt was found, two possibilities were put forward. One is that the innovative fuel-injection system became clogged due to unfiltered fuel. Aviation pioneer Gabriel Voisin, who used Antoinette engines in his own planes, posited another possibility which he argued was also the cause of Latham's first failure: "The Antoinette V-8 [motor] furnished a significant fraction less of its power after running more than 15 minutes. It was this problem that provoked Latham's fall into the sea."


1. archive Bleiente
2., page 5.
4. King, Stephen H., The Passion That Left The Ground: The Remarkable Airplanes of Léon Levavasseur, p. 61.
5. Voisin, Gabriel, "Levavasseur". Pionniers: Revue Aéronautique Trimestrielle des Vielle Tiges, October 1956, p. 12ff.

Hubert Latham, just over a mile from the English coast, awaiting rescue after his second crash into the sea 27/7/1909: Latham, just over a mile from the English coast, awaiting rescue after his second crash into the sea

Revision history:

16-Mar-2008 03:44 Bleiente Added
01-Feb-2010 05:25 John Baker Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2017 17:53 Dr.John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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