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Last updated: 9 October 2019
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Date:13-MAY-1912
Time:18:00
Type:Flanders F.3 monoplane
Owner/operator:Private
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey
Destination airport:Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey
Narrative:
The aircraft side slipped into the ground from an elevation of 100 feet at Brooklands Aerodrome, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey. Pilot and passenger were killed:

Edward Victor Beauchamp Fisher (24) killed
Victor Louis Mason (40) killed (American)

The Investigation Committee was of opinion that the cause of the accident was the aviator himself, who failed sufficiently to appreciate the dangerous conditions under which he was making the turn, when the aircraft was flying tail down, and in addition was not flying in a proper manner.

A side slip occurred, and Mr. Fisher lost control of the aircraft. It seems probable that his losing control was caused by his being thrown forward on to the elevating gear, thereby moving this forward involuntarily, which would have had the effect of still further turning the aircraft down. This would explain his being thrown out whilst in the air.

In the opinion of the Committee it was possible that if the aviator had been suitably strapped into his seat he might have retained control of the aircraft.

This was the first official accident investigation conducted in the U.K.

Sources:

1. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1912/1912%20-%200513.html
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flanders_F.2
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1912_Brooklands_Flanders_Monoplane_crash#Accident
4. Aeroplane accident at Brooklands". The Times (39898). London. 14 May 1912. col F, p. 9.
5. The Brooklands aeroplane accident. The Times (39900). London. 16 May 1912. col G, p. 5.
6. 100 Years of Aircraft Accident Investigation. Air Accidents Investigation Branch. 8 June 2012


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jan-2018 20:55 harro Added
16-Nov-2018 23:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-May-2019 12:31 harro Updated [Source, Photo]

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