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Date:Tuesday 14 December 1920
Time:ca 12:15
Type:Handley Page O/400
Operator:Handley Page Transport
Registration: G-EAMA
MSN: HP-25
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Golders Green (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Cricklewood Aerodrome, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
A Handley Page O/400, operated by Handley Page Transport, was damaged beyond repair in the first fatal commercial aviation disaster.
The aircraft operated on a scheduled service from London's Cricklewood Aerodrome in the United Kingdom, to Paris, France. On board were six passengers and two crew members.
Visibility was limited due to fog as the aircraft took off. It gained insufficient height, struck trees and crashed. The aircraft caught fire, killing 4 of the 8 passengers and crew.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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photo of Handley-Page-O-400-G-EAMA
accident date: 14-12-1920
type: Handley Page O/400
registration: G-EAMA

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from London-Cricklewood Aerodrome to Paris-Le Bourget Airport as the crow flies is 342 km (214 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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