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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233113
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Type:Falke Glider
Owner/operator:Portsmouth Gliding Club
Registration: Unregistered
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, Hampshire
Destination airport:Cosham, Hampshire
Falke Glider crashed at Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, Hampshire on 1 November 1931. The pilot - the sole person on board - survived with injuries. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Portsmouth Evening News" - Monday 2 November 1931)

Accident on Portsdown Hill.
A well-known member of the Portsmouth Gliding Club had both legs fractured when his machine stalled and crashed during gliding exhibitions on Portsdown Hill, near Portsmouth, yesterday afternoon. Mr. George Knight (32), a photographer, of Castle Road, Southsea, had been flying the club’s latest machine, a Falke, and had been in the air for about two minutes, when he lost flying speed, and in attempting a turn the machine stalled and nose-dived from a height of about 30 feet.

The machine was wrecked, and some difficulty was experienced in extricating Mr. Knight from the fuselage. The accident was witnessed by a large crowd, but fortunately the glider had cleared the spectators and was over a field when the crash came. Mr. Knight, who served in the Royal Flying Corps during the War and is an experienced glider, was taken to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital.

An eye-witness said that the machine took off from the summit of Portsdown Hill above the Wymering Racecourse and headed in the direction of Cosham. After being up for about two minutes the glider circled back over a field below the hill, and was turning towards the hill again when it nose dived. Supt. Lefevre, of the Portsmouth Fire Station, and two members of the St. John Ambulance Brigade were on the ground."


1. Portsmouth Evening News - Monday 2 November 1931

Revision history:

20-Feb-2020 16:49 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Apr-2020 19:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Source]

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