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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220830
Last updated: 9 May 2019
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Date:29-JAN-1917
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic be2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e
Owner/operator:Southern Aircraft Repair Depot, Farnborough
Registration: A2747
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire
Destination airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire
Narrative:
29.1.17: Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.2e A2747, Southern Aircraft Repair Depot, Farnborough. Written off (destroyed) when nose dived off steep turn avoiding trees after take-off, Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire. Of the two persons on board, one - Air Mechanic 2nd Class Benjamin Hodgson (Service Number 35396, aged 31) died 30.1.17 (next day) of injuries sustained. THe pilot - 2nd Lt Stephen Crosfield - was injured. According to the aircraft accident record card for B.E.2e A2747:

"Court of Inquiry 87/7954
3/2/17
Flying accident. Primarily caused by partial failure of engine and machine being banked down wind at low altitude. Court of Inquiry was of the opinion that the accident was primarily due to an error of judgement on the part of the pilot in choking his engine and attempting to track back to the aerodrome with insufficient flying speed, causing the machine to stall and spin into the ground"

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1917.htm
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2752474/hodgson,-benjamin/
3. http://www.rafmuseumstoryvault.org.uk/archive/hodgson-b.-benjamin


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jan-2019 02:07 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Jan-2019 02:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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