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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25176
Last updated: 3 June 2019
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Date:10-JUN-1920
Time:22:30 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.16
Owner/operator:Aircraft Transport & Travel
Registration: G-EARU
C/n / msn: P59
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Swanley Junction, Swanley, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Le Bourget, Paris (LBG/PFPB)
Destination airport:Croydon Ariport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Narrative:
First registered 19.03.20 as G-EARU. Written off 10.06.20: Flight from Paris to London. Captain Bayliss with four passengers on board made a forced landing at a farm in Marden Kent. The four passengers made the rest of the journey by train. After repairs were effected, Mr Sibery Day the farmer, his wife Madeline and a Mr Taw agreed to proceed with Capt. Bayliss as far as Croydon.

They passed over Dartford at about 22.30 hrs. Owing to engine trouble another descent was necessary and in the semi darkness the pilot decided to land on what he thought was a meadow at Swanley, Kent.

The field turned out to contain wheat and when the propeller came into contact with it caused the plane to flip over. The three men were thrown clear and sustained minor injuries but Mrs Day remained inside the fuselage where she sustained a broken back.

She died a year later (May 31, 1921) at the age of 28 from kidney failure which the coroner concluded at the inquest, was directly attributable to the accident.

Verdict - Death by Misadventure.

Registration G-EARU cancelled by the CAA as "lapsed", although no date was specified, and the aircraft was reportedly scrapped at Croydon in 1922

Sources:

1. Press cuttings obtained from the Marden Historical Society.
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/81-register-gb-g-ea
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EARU.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E1.html
5. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh16-swanley-junction
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1925.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
22-Dec-2010 08:14 Jono Updated [Total occupants, Source, Damage, Narrative]
17-Dec-2013 00:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
06-Jul-2017 17:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
06-May-2018 21:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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