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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24953
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:21-JUL-1930
Time:15:00 LT
Type:Junkers F13ge
Owner/operator:Walcot Air Line
Registration: G-AAZK
C/n / msn: 2052
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Meopham, 5 miles South of Gravesend, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Le Touquet, France (LFAT)
Destination airport:London/Croydon (EGCR)
Narrative:
As the aircraft was above Kent, it went out of control and crashed in a private garden located in Meopham, some five miles south of Gravesend. All six occupants were killed.

Crew:
George L. Henderson, pilot
Charles d'Urban Shearing, copilot.
Passengers:
Mr Frederick, Marques of Dufferin and Ava,
Viscountess Ednam,
Edward Ward,
Sigrid Loeffler.

Cause: The Head of the Aeronautical Research Commission (ACR) Major Cooper believes that the lost of the cover of the engine might well be the reason for the accident. An aeronautical research committee attributed the crash to buffeting, or irregular oscillation, of the horizontal stabilizer of G-AAZK. This condition itself apparently resulted from wake ‘eddies’ produced by air flowing over the relatively thick main wing of the Junkers. Ultimately, the oscillation led to the separation of the port stabilizer/elevator assembly, then the entire empennage, after which the port wing broke off and the nose/ power plant section separated. The Germans on the other hand discounted this theory and seemed to imply that the crash may have been due to pilot error and/or the weather conditions.

Sources:

1, https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1930/untitled0%20-%201301.html
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meopham_air_disaster
3. http://www.baaa-acro.com/Fiches%20d%27accidents/1930/G-AAZK.htm
4. http://www.baaa-acro.com/1930/archives/crash-of-a-junkers-f-13-in-gravesend-6-killed/
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1930/untitled0%20-%201006.html
6. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AAZK.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Jul-2009 11:41 harro Updated
26-Mar-2010 12:17 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Nature, Narrative]
28-Mar-2010 10:43 TB Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
28-Mar-2010 10:46 TB Updated [Operator]
19-Apr-2012 00:25 ryan Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2012 08:24 TB Updated [Time, Narrative]
21-Aug-2017 13:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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