Incident Bleriot XI Unregistered,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 245136
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Date:Tuesday 24 September 1912
Type:Bleriot XI
Owner/operator:Eastbourne Aviation Company
Registration: Unregistered
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:St. Anthony's Hill, Eastbourne, Sussex, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Eastbourne, Sussex
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 24 September 1912, whilst undergoing flying training with the Eastbourne Aviation Company (EAC), Cyril Edgar Foggin lost control of one of the EAC Anzani engined Blériots at a height of about 60' and went into spiral dive, crashing on the Langney side of St. Anthony's Hill. The Blériot was destroyed and it was thought that Foggin had been killed. However he survived the crash, something he attributed to wearing a thick leather flying helmet which he had had made for him by T. L. Larkin, the saddler of South Street, Eastbourne.

Presumably whilst taking the precaution of wearing a helmet, his prudence didn't extend to strapping himself into the cockpit of the aeroplane. Thus on impact with the ground, Foggin was thrown forward and struck his head against the forward fuselage which, he said, would have fractured his skull had he not been wearing the helmet. His helmet was damaged but he was not. Conscious, he was able to crawl out of the wreckage (which, presumably, did not catch fire) and live to fly another day.

The incident was reported in "The Times" the next day (25 September 1912):

At Eastbourne early yesterday morning Mr. Cyril Foggin, of Newcastle, was flying in an Anzani Blériot monoplane from the local aerodrome, where he had been under instruction, when he apparently lost control of the machine, which fell from a height of 60ft. on to the grass at St. Anthony's Hill. The monoplane was wrecked and Mr. Foggin fell on his head, but was so well protected by his safety helmet that he escaped unhurt".

Indeed he flew for many other days, becoming a pilot of renown despite losing an eye whilst shooting down a German Albatross over Flanders. If he led a charmed life in the air, that did not extend to the ground. He was killed in a motoring accident in France in July 1918.


4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 79/23/1730:

Revision history:

23-Nov-2020 21:20 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Jul-2023 17:05 Nepa Updated

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