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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18806
Last updated: 21 November 2017
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Date:10-JUN-1929
Time:day
Type:Fokker F.VIIb/3m
Owner/operator:Van Lear Black (VLB) Ltd
Registration: G-AADZ
C/n / msn: 5105
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dun Dum Airport, Calcutta -   India
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Dum Dum Airport, Calcutta
Narrative:
Ex-PH-ADP (Netherlands registry). Re-registered in the UK as G-AADZ 8.2.1929. named "Maryland Free State"; written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed on landing at Calcutta 10.6.1929. Van Lear Black's Fokker aircraft crashed at Dum Dum airport, and then was destroyed at Calcutta, India by a cyclone, though the crew of five (crew of two plus three passengers) escaped injury. Van Lear Black (also owner of the US newspaper the Baltimore Sun) travelled back to England by train, and ordered a new "Maryland Free State" to complete his trip from London to Tokyo.

Registration G-AADZ belatedly cancelled by the Air Ministry on 2.12.1933 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

NOTE: The registration G-AADZ was used twice. G-AADZ (the second) was applied to another Fokker F.VIIb/3m (c/no 5195 ex-PH-AGP). This aircraft was sold to a Swiss owner in February 1931 and re-registered as HB-LAN (see link #5)

Sources:

1. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1929/archives/crash-of-a-fokker-f7-in-calcutta/
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A.html
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_PH-.html
4. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AADZ.pdf
5. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/75-register-gb-g-aa
6. http://www.hdekker.info/registermap/EERSTE.htm
7. https://howlingpixel.com/wiki/Van_Lear_Black
8. https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1931/1931%20-%200009.PDF
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Van_Lear_Black#Aviation_explorer


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
31-Mar-2011 16:06 TB Updated [Operator, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 13:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2017 18:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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