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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 191354
Last updated: 17 June 2021
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Type:Avro 621 Tutor
Owner/operator:2 FTS Royal Air Force (2 FTS RAF)
Registration: K3318
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Martin Moor Fen, Scopwick, near Digby, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Digby, Scopwick Heath, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Acting Pilot Officer Colin Kirkley, and Flying Officer George Edward Bullen were killed in the crash at Martin Moor Fen, Scopwick, near Digby, Linconshire, 18 March 1935 of Avro 621 Tutor aircraft K3318 of No.2 Flying Training School, RAF Digby, Lincolnshire.

The Aircraft broke up in the air during aerobatics. The Aeroplane of 27 March 1935 reported from inquest held at RAF Digby, on 19 March 1935, “Flight Lieutenant John Roberts said that one of the automatic slats from a wing of the aeroplane was found in a wood half a mile from the scene of the accident. He had never heard of a slat coming off in that way before.”

A fuller report of the inquest was carried in "The Sydney Morning Herald" (Thursday 21 March 1935, Page 12 - see link #5):

LONDON. March 19.
At the Inquiry today into the death of Flying-Officer George Edward Bullen Nixon and actlng Pilot-Officer Colin Kirkley of New Zealand, Flight-Lieutenant John Robert gave evidence thus: "the automatic slot In the wing came off and was found half a mile distant. He had not previously heard of slot coming off in a similar manner.

Experts gave evidence that the plane was perfectly serviceable and had been used In the morning without mishap. The coroner said he hoped that the Air Ministry would Inquire into the accident.

The airmen were killed when they crashed while looping the loop. Their plane was' flying at 3,000ft In an inverted position, Then according to an eye-witness, a portion broke off. The plane plunged to earth disintegrating as it fell."

In December 1997, a proposed gas pipeline between Hatton and Silk Willoughby would have gone through the crash site and disturbed some of the un-recovered remains (see link #4, page 14)


5. The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, NSW, Thursday 21 March 1935 Page 12 at

Revision history:

15-Nov-2016 23:04 Dr.John Smith Added
23-Dec-2017 18:10 Nepa Updated [Operator]
05-Apr-2018 17:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2018 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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