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Last updated: 16 November 2019
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Date:01-FEB-1936
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic AVIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 616 Sports Avian IVM
Owner/operator:Hubert Mason
Registration: G-ABSS
C/n / msn: 576
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:River Mersey, off Wallasey, Cheshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Speke Airport, Liverpool
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Avro 616 Sports Avian IVM: Registered as G-ABSS [C of R 3527] 24.12.31 to W Cunningham. C of A 3294 issued 24.12.31. Re-registered [C of R 6214] 20.8.35 to Hubert Mason, Birkdale, Southport, Lancashire (aircraft based ar Speke Airport, Liverpool).

Written off (destroyed) 1.2.36: Crashed into the River Mersey ten minutes after take off from Liverpool Airport, Speke, Liverpool. Believed came down off Wallasey, Cheshire. Both persons on board - Hubert Mason (pilot/owner, aged 35) and Pilot Officer Arthur Frederick Spurrier (aged 21) killed. According to a contemporary report in "The Times" (Monday, February 3, 1936. p.14):

"TWO KILLED IN AIR ACCIDENT -
MACHINE'S DIVE INTO MERSEY.

Two men were killed on Saturday when an aeroplane in which they had left Liverpool Airport only a short time before nose-dived into the Mersey near by. The aeroplane was owned and piloted by Mr Hubert Mason of Ainsdale, near Southport, and his passenger was Pilot Officer A.F.Spurrier of the 209th (Flying Boat) Squadron, R.A.F."

Registration G-ABSS cancelled by the Air Ministry 2.12.36 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A3.html
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article/15-aeroplanes/76-register-gb-g-ab
3. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/avian.pdf
4. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ABSS.pdf
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?6702-circonstance-of-the-death-of-the-following-Officers&styleid=3
6. http://derbosoft.proboards.com/thread/13889/liverpool-aviation-accidents-incidents

Newsreel report into crash (00:45 to 01:30)

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Dec-2013 08:12 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Nov-2016 17:09 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 19:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2017 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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