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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205022
Last updated: 30 October 2019
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Date:31-JAN-1938
Time:18:30 LT
Type:BA Swallow 2
Owner/operator:Eric Newbold, OBE
Registration: VR-SAL
C/n / msn: 420
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Esplanade, Penang, Straits Settlement -   Malaysia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Penang, Straits Settlement, Malaysia
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First registered [C of R 12] 11.11.35 as VR-SAL to Eric Newbold, Eastern Smelting Co, Penang, Straits Settlement, Malaysia. Also used by the Penang Flying Club, of which Eric Newbold was president

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 31.1.38 when crashed into the sea after hitting a car, a signpost, and spectators while low-flying over the Esplanade, Penang. The two occupants of the car and one spectator were killed:

Soo Hoo Kok Yean (spectator, died)
Foo Chiang Choong (car driver, died)
Koo Keng Hoo (car passenger, died)

Eric Newbold OBE, the pilot of VR-SAL, survived the crash unhurt. However, he died later the same day (31.1.38) at Eastern Smelting Works, Penang after committing suicide by cyanide poisoning. Hev was 44 years old

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accmisc.htm
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VR-S.html
3. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=93:register-other
4. http://www.raf-butterworth-penang-association.co.uk/PDF/Issue%2037.pdf
5. Malaya Tribune, 1 February 1938, Page 12: http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/maltribune19380201-1.2.83
6. The Straits Times, 27 February 1938, Page 4 (Inquest into the suicide of Eric Newbold): http://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/newspapers/Digitised/Article/straitstimes19380227-1.2.39?ST


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Jan-2018 18:31 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Feb-2019 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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