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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217824
Last updated: 12 July 2019
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Date:25-MAY-1911
Time:
Type:ASL Valkyrie Type A
Owner/operator:Valkyrie School
Registration: 7
C/n / msn: 7
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex
Narrative:
25.5.1911 ASL Valkyrie Type A No. 7, Valkyrie School: Written off (damaged beyond repair) when stalled attempting gliding descent and dived in from approximately 100 feet (30 metres), at Hendon Aerodrome, Hendon, Middlesex. Pilot - Bernard Greenwood Benson (aged 20) - was killed. This accident it believed to be the first fatal aircraft accident at Hendon. According to the Wikipedia entry for this aircraft type:

"Although they were considered tricky to fly, by contemporary standards the Valkyrie monoplane was a successful design. Most of the aircraft produced were used for training and exhibition purposes, principally at the ASL's flight school at Hendon. On 25 May 1911 a six-week-old Valkyrie from the Valkyrie school crashed killing the student pilot Bernard Benson, only the third Briton to be killed in an aircraft accident."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASL_Valkyrie#Operational_history
3. "Airman Killed at Hendon - Pupil's Fatal Flight". News. The Times (39595). London. 25 May 1911. col C, p. 9.
4. Flight magazine 5 June 1911 page 480 at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1911/1911%20-%200478.html
5. http://www.sbap.be/museum/hendon/hendon.htm


Revision history:

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14-Nov-2018 22:21 Dr.John Smith Added

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