ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28957
Last updated: 31 July 2014
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Date:07-OCT-1936
Time:
Type:General Aircraft T.22 Croydon
Owner/operator:C.R. Anson
Registration: G-AECB
C/n / msn: GAL/ST/18/50
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Seringapatam Reef, Timor Sea, 300 km NW of Cape Leveque, WA -   Australia
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Darwin, NT
Destination airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Narrative:
On 16 November 1935, the sole aircraft (T22, later G-AECB) first flew at Hanworth Aerodrome, piloted by Harry M. Schofield. It performed well, but did not attract any orders, so the aircraft was prepared to establish a record for an Australia to England flight. On 30 July 1936, Lord Sempill, Harold "Tim" Wood, and two other crew left Croydon Airport for Australia.

On 7 October 1936, during the return flight from Darwin, navigation errors occurred during the flight over the Timor Sea, and the aircraft made a successful forced landing on a coral reef (Seringapatam Reef). The crew members were immediately transported off the reef by local fishermen, and the aircraft was abandoned. Registration G-AECB formally cancelled by the CAA on 2.12.36 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft"

(NOTE: Seringapatam Reef is one of a group of atoll-like reefs in the Timor Sea more than 300 km northwest of Cape Leveque, Western Australia, on the edge of the continental shelf. The group is just one of a number of reef formations off the northwest coast of Australia and belongs to Western Australia).

Sources:
1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Aircraft_Croydon
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_and_Seringapatam_Reefs
3. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AECB.pdf
4. photo: http://flic.kr/p/bAL2SB
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Apr-2013 00:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Apr-2013 02:42 86.9.24.211 Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]
22-Apr-2013 02:49 harro Updated [Total occupants]
25-Jan-2014 23:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Feb-2014 00:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport]
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