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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27000
Last updated: 24 January 2020
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Type:Avro 618 Ten (Fokker F.VIIb/3m)
Owner/operator:Imperial Airways Ltd
Registration: G-ABLU
C/n / msn: 528
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ruiselede (Ruysselede), West Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brussels
Destination airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
First registered (C of R 3150) 2.5.31 as G-ABLU to Imperial Airways Ltd., Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey. C of A 3011 issued June 1931. Re-registered to Iraq Petroleum Transport Co Ltd., Cairo, Egypt. Returned to Imperial Airways (C of R 4553) on 16.6.33 to Imperial Airways Ltd, Cairo, Egypt.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 30.12.33 when en route Cologne-Brussels-Croydon. While overflying West Flanders, crew encountered poor weather conditions with fog and low visibility. Apparently lost, crew deviated from the prescribed path by some 15 km and decided to reduce altitude to maintain a visual contact with the ground when the aircraft hit a radio mast located near Ruiselede. A wing was partially sheared off and the aircraft crashed in an open field, killing all ten occupants.

Registration G-ABLU cancelled by the Air Ministry 12.33 due to £destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"


1. World Airliner Crashes/Terry Denham
2. El Orden 5 February 1934, page 1 (photo)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Jun-2010 09:51 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2010 10:01 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jun-2010 23:58 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
19-May-2017 20:42 TB Updated [Source]
05-Dec-2017 17:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2017 17:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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