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Date:19-AUG-1920
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic A504 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 504L
Owner/operator:Eastbourne Aviation Co Ltd
Registration: G-EAJH
C/n / msn: E2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Channel, off Hove, near Brighton, Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brighton Beach, Brighton, East Sussex
Destination airport:Eastbourne, East Sussex
Narrative:
Avro 504L (Floatplane version of the Avro 504K): First registered (C of R 242) on 7/8/1919 to the Eastbourne Aviation Co Ltd. Some work on Avro 504 seaplanes continued after the war with six Avro 504L (float-equipped Avro 504K) being built by Eastbourne Aviation Co, Frank Hucks Waterplane Co

From further research it appears that the six Avro 504L seaplanes which, uniquely it seems had three cockpits, were G-EAFB, G-EAJH, G-EALO, G-EANS, G-EASD and G-EASE. The two four-seater Shorts 184 seaplanes (originally built by J. Samuel White & Co. Ltd) were G-EAJT (ex N2998) and G-EALC (ex N2986). It appears that these eight aircraft were employed for ‘joy-riding’ at other resort towns, and certainly along the south coast.

G-EAJH was written off (destroyed) 19/8/1920: Sank into The Channel, off Hove, near Brighton, Sussex, probably during an "air expereince flight" (or "joy ride") on the return leg of a flight from Eastbourne to Brighton Beach and back again

Sources:

1. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/81-register-gb-g-ea
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E.html
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-EAJH.pdf
4. Photo of accident: http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/gallery/g-e-aeroplanes/g-eajh-avro-504-sank-in-sea-off-hove-19-aug-1920-0751-0035-3755
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-avro-504l-hove
6. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Aug20.html
7. http://www.ukairfieldguide.net/airfields/TheCrumbles


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Nov-2017 11:37 Sergey L. Added
06-May-2018 19:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2018 19:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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