ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16804
Last updated: 21 February 2017
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Narrative:The Cody VI aircraft was completed in July 1913, and made its maiden flight as a land plane on 14 July 1913. It was fitted with its floats and carried out flotation tests on the Basingstoke Canal at Mytchett on 30 July. The floats were then removed and replaced again by skids and wheels for more flight trials
|Type:||Cody VI Floatplane|
|Owner/operator:||Samuel Franklin Cody|
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Ball Hill, Farnborough -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Farnborough Aerodrome, Farnborough, Hampshire|
On 7 August 1913, as he was test flying his latest design, the Cody VI Floatplane, when it broke up at 200 feet (61 metres); Samuel Franklin Cody and his passenger, the cricketer William Evans, were killed. The two men, not strapped in, were thrown out of the aircraft, and the Royal Aero Club accident investigation concluded that the accident was due to "inherent structural weakness", and suggested that the two might have survived the crash if they had been strapped in.
Cody was buried with full military honours in the Aldershot Military Cemetery; the funeral procession drew an estimated crowd of 100,000
Adjacent to Cody's own grave marker is a memorial to his only son, Samuel Franklin Leslie Cody, born Basel, Switzerland 1895, who joined the Royal Flying Corps and was killed in Belgium on 23 January 1917 while serving with 41 Squadron.
Wreckage of S.F.Cody's biplane after the crash:
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