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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26557
Last updated: 17 December 2018
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Date:07-APR-1922
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.18A
Owner/operator:Daimler Hire Limited
Registration: G-EAWO
C/n / msn: DH.18/4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Over Thieuloy-Saint-Antoine, Oise, France -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Croydon Aerodrome, South London
Destination airport:Le Bourget, Paris
Narrative:
On 7 April 1922, four days after Daimler Hire commenced operations with the DH.18A, G-EAWO was flying mail from Croydon bound for Le Bourget, Paris, with only the pilot (Lieutenant R. E. Duke) and a boy steward (Hesterman) aboard. Meanwhile the Goliath (F-GEAD) piloted by M. Mire had departed Le Bourget with three passengers and a mechanic. The three passengers were an American couple, Christopher Bruce Yule and the new Mrs. Yule, and a French national, Monsieur Bouriez.

Following the normal route in drizzle and fog at an altitude of 150 m (492 ft), the DH.18A collided with the Goliath over Thieuloy-Saint-Antoine, 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of Grandvilliers in the Oise department (now part of Picardie), France, some 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of Beauvais and some 70 miles (110 km) north of Paris. All seven people died in the first-ever mid-air collision between airliners.

The weather was misty with poor visibility. The two aircraft suddenly encountered each other in the mist, neither having time to take evasive action. During the collision the DH.18 lost a wing and the tail, and impacted first, with the Goliath crashing a few minutes later. Although people on the ground quickly reached the scene, all were found to be dead except for the boy steward, who was badly injured. He was taken to the nearby village, but died of his injuries.

Sources:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_mid-air_collision_of_airliners
2. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EAWO.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Mar-2011 13:32 Johnny Johnny Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
16-Feb-2014 21:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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