Incident Airco DH.4 O-BABI, 26 Feb 1921
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139063
 
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Date:26-FEB-1921
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic dh4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airco DH.4
Owner/operator:Syndicat National pour l'Etude du Transport Aérien
Registration: O-BABI
MSN: H5925
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Brussels South Charleroi Airport (CRL/EBCI)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Ex-RAF H5925; sold to Belgian Air force as 'O-2', Transferred to civil use as O-BABI, first registered as such 20.8.20 to Syndicat National pour l'Etude du Transport Aérienne. Some published sources state that O-BABI was the first DH.4 to be civil registered in Belgium

Written off 26.2.21 when stalled and crashed on take off from Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey, while on a cargo/mail flight to Brussels South Charleroi Airport, Brussels,Belgium. The aircraft came down just outside the airfield boundary. While the pilot was slightly injured, the aircraft was destroyed.

Sources:

1. Appleton, John & Thys, Armand; Belgian Civil Aircraft since 1920, Midland Counties 1980
2. http://www.bamfbamrs.be/Dillien/O-B.doc
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh4-croydon
4. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Feb21.html
5. https://www.belgian-wings.be/de-havilland-d-h-4
6. http://www.europeanairlines.no/societe-anonyme-belge-dexploitation-de-la-navigation-aeriennes-sabena/
7. https://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=20550.0
8. https://www.luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/dh-4-o-babi-te-croydon
9. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_O-B.html
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croydon_Airport

Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Oct-2011 12:03 ThW Added
18-Dec-2013 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
05-Sep-2017 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2022 22:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Category]

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