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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146061
Last updated: 16 February 2020
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Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon 1
Owner/operator:Misr Airlines
Registration: SU-ABI
C/n / msn: 6031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:El Arish, 10 mile SW of Almaza Airport, Cairo -   Egypt
Phase: Approach
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jerusalem, Palestine
Destination airport:Almaza Airport, Cairo, Egypt
On final approach to Cairo-Almaza Airport, an engine failed. Due to strong head winds, aircraft stalled and crashed in El Arish, 10 miles southwest of Almaza airport. Three passengers were seriously injured while two other passengers, plus the pilot, were killed. The two passenger fatalities were both Swiss nationals. Persons on board SU-ABI were:

Capt Hugh Spooner killed (Pilot Officer, RAFO)
Col Frey killed (Swiss national)
Ernst Schmidheiny (63) killed (Swiss national)
David Henderson injured
Col Cuthbertson injured
Schmidheiny jnr injured (Swiss national)

Frey was the president of E. G. Portland and the builder of the cement plant in Tourah in Egypt. Ernst Schmidheiny Jr. and a British officer were also on the plane, both surviving with light injuries. Schmidheiny Sr. and Frey were embalmed according to local custom and their remains transferred to Switzerland.

With thousands of mourners lining the streets, Schmidheiny was buried on 6 April [1935] in Balgach in the canton of St. Gallen.



Revision history:

05-Jun-2012 12:38 harro Added
11-Nov-2016 15:58 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Country, Nature, Source]
02-Oct-2017 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2019 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]

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