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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58991
Last updated: 23 October 2019
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Date:10-JUN-1912
Time:
Type:Sommer Monoplane
Owner/operator:Albert "Kiki" Kimmerling
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Reims, Mourmelon -   France
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Reims
Destination airport:Reims
Narrative:
This was the accident in which ice hockey and pilot pioneer, Albert "Kiki" Kimmerling, was killed.

On June 10, [some say June 2 or June 9] 1912 in Reims (Mourmelon), France, only 12 days before his 30th birthday he was test flying a new airplane, a two-seater, a Sommer Monoplane designed by a gentleman named Tonnet. Léon Bathiat, an excellent pilot himself and an associate of professor/airplane builder Roger Sommer asked Kimmerling to pilot the new plane. According to eyewitnesses the plane was very unstable as soon as it took off, shaking violently. Kimmerling reached a height of 300 metres [more probably 30] when the plane suddenly plummeted and crashed to the ground after a wing had detached from the plane. Kimmerling was killed instantly and both the hockey and aviation world lost a great sportsman, a true pioneer in both fields.

Sources:

1. Albert "Kiki" Kimmerling - An ice hockey and pilot pioneer


Revision history:

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19-Mar-2009 14:36 Topaz Added

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