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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28996
Last updated: 3 January 2020
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Date:25-JUN-1938
Time:10:10 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Blackpool & West Coast Air Services
Registration: G-ADCR
C/n / msn: 6094
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Land's End Airport, St Just, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:St Marys Golf Course, Scilly Islands
Destination airport:Lands End Airport (LEQ/EGHC)
Narrative:
G-ADCR: Registered 6.3.35 (CofR 5607) to Blackpool & West Coast Air Services, Squires Gate Blackpool, Lancashire

25.6.38; the first ever fatal accident at Land's End Airport. In very bad weather conditions that suddenly appeared at Landís End, G-ADCR stalled in the fog, and crashed on landing. The six passengers were injured and the pilot sadly died in hospital the next day. Persons on board G-ACDR at the time of the accident:

Capt David Louis Dustin (pilot, aged 28) died 26.6.38 (Flying Officer, RAFO) (New Zealander)
Mlle Marie Rose Castaidre injured (passenger, French national)
Miss Constance Mary Thompson (passenger) injured
Miss Edna Amelia Thompson (passenger) injured
Miss Grace Thompson (passenger) injured
M. Nabos unhurt (passenger, French national)
Charles Thomas Thompson (passenger) unhurt

There were two ironies that related to this accident: firstly, the first-ever scheduled flight from Landís End took place on 15.9.37 using DH84 Dragon G-ADCR. There were six passengers and the pilot (Capt. Dustin). It took off at 09:00 and landed at St. Maryís at 09:20. Six passengers made the return trip which departed at 09:50 and landed at 10:10. The fare was £1.0.0 single & £1.15.0 (£1.75) return. There was initially just the one flight a day in each direction. Tickets were interchangeable with those of the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company. A bus connected Penzance with the Aerodrome. Planes landed on the fifth and seventh fairways of the St. Marys Golf course until 1939, when the present St Marys Airport came into use.

Secondly, G-ADCR was replaced in service by Dragon G-ADDI, which itself crashed at Land's End Airport on 17.12.38

Registration G-ADCR formally cancelled by UK Civil Aviation Authority 1.1.39 as "crashed 1938"

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADCR.pdf
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh84-dragon-2-lands-end-1-killed
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p060.html
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A6.html
5. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
7. http://www.cornwalllife.co.uk/out-about/holidays/an-anniversary-of-flights-between-land-39-s-end-and-the-isles-of-scilly-was-celebrated-with-a-pa-1-1779729


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2011 04:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Dec-2011 04:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
28-Jul-2015 16:03 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 22:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Jan-2018 23:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jan-2018 23:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
27-Feb-2018 12:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]

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