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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Date:15-AUG-1859
Time:evening
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
'The Florence Nightingale' Gas Balloon
Owner/operator:William Henry Hall
Registration: Unregistered
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:West Boldon, County Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:West Boldon, County Durham
Destination airport:West Boldon, County Durham
Narrative:
On 15/8/1859 a Gas balloon, "The Florence Nightingale" was involved in a fatal accident when the Pilot fell from balloon, near West Boldon, County Durham. Pilot William Henry Hall (aged 39) killed. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("The Teesdale Mercury", August 17, 1859):

"NEWCASTLE SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO AN AERONAUT.

On Monday evening last, Captain Hall ascended in his balloon, and while in sight of the thousands of spectators below, performed a number of acrobatic feats on a trapeze suspended from the car. It was the captain's intention to descend at Boldon, between Newcastle and Sunderland, but through some accident, when 30 feet from the ground, the grappling irons failed to hold, and the daring aeronaut was precipitated to the earth.

He was taken up in a state of insensibility, and conveyed to the house of Mr Hugh Lee Pattison, near at hand. The balloon again arose, and when last seen, was floating in a south-easterly direction, towards the German Ocean."

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1916.htm
2. http://teesdalemercuryarchive.org/pdf/1859/August-17/August-17-1859-04.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Feb-2017 20:22 Dr.John Smith Added
13-Nov-2018 01:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]

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