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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18778
Last updated: 22 February 2020
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Date:17-AUG-1937
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.90 Dragonfly
Owner/operator:Sir William Firth
Registration: G-AEEK
C/n / msn: 7518
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Upper Beeding, 2 miles from Shoreham, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex
Destination airport:Shoreham Airport, West Sussex (EGKA)
Narrative:
First registered [C of R 6817] on 26.6.36 as G-AEEK to Sir William Firth, Shell-Mex House, Strand, London WC.2 (aircraft based at Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex). C of A 5555 issued July 1936

"It was on 17.8.37 Ken Firth and Jimmy Gunn took Sir William Firth's D.H.90 Dragonfly, G-AEEK, for what was intended to be a short trip down to Shoreham. The flight went disastrously wrong when the aircraft hit some power lines on the South Downs and ploughed into a field near the village of [Upper] Beeding, just north of Shoreham...both Ken and Jimmy scrambled out of the wreckage virtually unhurt and as they stood there a car pulled up which turned out to be the local taxi cab".

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Dundee Courier" - Wednesday 18 August 1937)

"AIRMEN HIT 11,000 VOLT CABLE - UNHURT.
Two R.A.F. airmen escaped unhurt when their plane crashed in a field at Beeding, about two miles from Shoreham (Sussex) airport yesterday, and hit an 11,000 volt cable. The machine, a twin-engined five-seater service one, was apparently attempting to make a forced landing when it crashed into the electric power cable. Practically the only part of the plane which was undamaged was the cabin. Mrs Howell, of Beeding, who was working an adjoining field, said - "The plane was travelling in the direction of Shoreham airport. It circled round and came down into the wires and there were flashes. The airmen walked out of the machine."

Registration G-AEEK cancelled by the Air Ministry 7.12.37 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. Dundee Courier - Wednesday 18 August 1937
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AEEK.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=2051.0
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p075.html
7. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh90-dragonfly-beeding


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
21-Mar-2010 13:29 TB Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Narrative]
22-Apr-2013 00:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
23-Jan-2018 00:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Feb-2020 19:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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