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Last updated: 20 October 2020
Datum:Montag 17 Juni 1929
Zeit:ca 11:30
Flugzeugtyp:Handley Page W.10
Fluggesellschaft:Imperial Airways
Kennzeichen: G-EBMT
Werknummer: W.10/4
Baujahr: 1926
Triebwerk: 3 Napier Lion
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:5 km (3.1 Meilen) E vom Land entfernt von Dungeness (   Großbritannien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), Großbritannien
Flug nach:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), Frankreich
The W.10 plane named "City of Ottawa" crash-landed into the sea of the English Channel following loss of engine power.
Investigators found the No. 4 connecting rod assembly of the starboard engine completely broken as a result of a fracture of the big-end bearing studs. It appeared that the bearing studs on the port side of the bearing fractured in fatigue.
The airplane operated on a flight from London-Croydon to Zürich, Switzerland, via Paris, France and Basel, Switzerland.

Probable Cause:

The primary cause of the accident was the fracture under fatigue of studs in the front or No. 4 big end bearing of the starboard engine.

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Distance from London-Croydon Airport to Paris-Le Bourget Airport as the crow flies is 319 km (199 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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