ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F.XII G-AEOT Pound Hill, Tilgate Forest
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Date:Thursday 19 November 1936
Time:03:38 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic f12 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F.XII
Operator:British Airways Ltd.
Registration: G-AEOT
MSN: 5300
First flight:
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney R-1340 Wasp C
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pound Hill, Tilgate Forest (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Hannover Airport (HAJ/EDDV), Germany
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Fokker F.XII G-AEOT crashed in the early hours of 19 November 1936 into trees on Pound Hill, Tilgate Forest, approximately seven miles south of Gatwick Airport. It was upside down and extensively damaged, with the fuselage completely broken up. The pilot,
Flt Lt Arthur Patrick Kilvington Hattersley (aged 36) together with the second pilot/first officer Capt Verner John William Bredenkamp (aged 33), were both killed.
The AAIB Inquiry decided that the accident was caused by the pilot making an error of judgement in that he hadn't taken into account that the very strong NE wind would greatly widen his low altitude turn, causing the Fokker to drift off course and hit the high ground.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

» Hansard, the printed transcripts of parliamentary debates (House of Commons Debate 19 November 1936 vol 317 cc1920-11920)
» The Aviation Forum: Fokker F.XII G-AEOT crash 19 November 1936
» South-East History Boards


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Distance from Hannover Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 689 km (431 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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