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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24739
Last updated: 29 November 2019
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Date:01-OCT-1936
Time:
Type:Airspeed AS.6J Envoy Mk 3
Owner/operator:Captain Maxwell H. Findlay & Kenneth H. F. Walter
Registration: G-AENA
C/n / msn: 60
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia -   Zambia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Portsmouth Aerodrome, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Destination airport:Johannesburg, South Africa
Narrative:
Registered G-AENA [C of R 7298] 10.9.36 to Captain Maxwell Hutcheson Findlay and Kenneth Herbert Fraser Waller; named "Gabrielle". C of A 5659 issued 16.9.36. Flown in Schlesinger Portsmouth-Johannesburg Race [Race No.13] on 30.9.1936.

Crashed into trees on take-off Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia 1.10.36 [pilot Maxwell Findlay, wireless operator A.H. Morgan killed; Herbert Kenneth "Ken" Waller & Derek Peachey injured]. According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (see link #2):

"The banquet which was to have been given in their honour was cancelled when the sad news of the accident to the Envoy came through. When details were obtainable, it was learned that after the machine had landed at Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia, in poor visibility, the wind changed round, so that the only possible take-off "was both uphill and towards some trees. If the Envoy had been flying in anything but a race, Maxwell Findlay and Waller would have waited for the wind to veer again—particularly as Abercorn is at an altitude of 6,000 ft.

They were naturally unwilling to delay to restart and probably considered that the run would be ample despite the advice of the few people on the aerodrome. The Envoy struck the trees after the take-off, and both Capt. Max Findlay and Mr. A. H. Morgan, the radio operator, were so severely injured that they died almost at once. Mr. Ken Waller and the passenger, Mr. Derek Peachey, escaped with comparatively minor injuries".

Registration G-AENA cancelled 8.12.37 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircrasft"

NOTE: Abercorn, Northern Rhodesia is now named Mbala,Zambia.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/airspeed%20prewar.pdf
2. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1936/1936%20-%202707.html?search=354
3. http://www.hatfield-herts.co.uk/aviation/airspeed_1930-39.html
4. http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/ah1900/asportprod.html
5. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AENA.pdf
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/gallery/gallery/s/schlesinger-race-1936-g-aena-airspeed-envoy-4936
7. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1936/archives/crash-of-an-airspeed-as-6-envoy-in-abercorn/]
8. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A9.html
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell_Findlay#Post_war_career
10. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accf1939.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Apr-2013 01:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 18:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 18:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 18:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
29-Jan-2018 19:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]

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