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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172914
Last updated: 25 August 2019
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Time:16:00 LT
Type:Pilcher Hawk Glider
Owner/operator:Percy Pilcher
Registration: Unregistered
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Destination airport:Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
On 30 September 1899, having completed his triplane, Percy Pilcher had intended to demonstrate it to a group of onlookers and potential sponsors in a field near Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershirre. However, days before, the engine crankshaft had broken, and, so as not to disappoint his guests, he decided to fly the Hawk glider instead. The weather was stormy and rainy, but by 4 pm Pilcher decided the weather was good enough to fly.

Whilst flying, the tail snapped and Pilcher plunged 10 metres (30 ft) to the ground: he died two days later from his injuries with his triplane having never been publicly flown. This accident was possibly the first ever fatal crash of an aircraft in the UK.

Percy Pilcher is buried in Brompton Cemetery, West London.


1. Mr Leicester'. 2008. The Rise and fall of Percy Pilcher. Leicester Mercury Saturday 2 February pp 1617.

Revision history:

12-Jan-2015 14:46 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Jan-2015 14:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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