Accident Wright Type A SC-1, 17 Sep 1908
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Date:17-SEP-1908
Time:17:18
Type:Wright Type A
Owner/operator:Wright brothers
Registration: SC-1
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Myer, Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
During a demonstration flight for the US Army, one of the two propellers contacted a bracing wire of the tail. The wire failed, causing the tail to fail in flight. The aircraft crashed into the ground from an altitude of 50-75 feet above the ground. The propeller imbalance was caused by a split in one of the wooden propeller blades. A 2-foot section of the blade separated upon severing the tail brace wire.
Pilot: Orville Wright, injured
Passenger: Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge (US Signal Corps), deceased after the crash
Testflight for US Army

It was the first fatal plane crash of the US aviation history.

Sources:

archive Bleiente
http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/Selfridge.htm
https://www.thoughtco.com/the-first-fatal-airplane-crash-1779178
https://www.9lives-magazine.com/55560/2019/09/17/ca-sest-passe-17-septembre-1er-accident-mortel-avion/


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17 Sept. 1908, Fort Meyer, VA (USA) by C H Claudy

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Mar-2008 05:20 Bleiente Added
13-Oct-2009 21:34 Goldfish85 Updated
29-Apr-2010 06:14 ion Updated [Date, Time, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 00:37 Anon. Updated [Registration, Location, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 23:58 Anon. Updated [Registration]
16-Jul-2014 06:20 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Photo, ]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2019 22:43 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2019 22:46 Iceman 29 Updated [Narrative]
18-Sep-2019 05:50 gerard57 Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2019 07:37 Anon. Updated [Location]
01-Jun-2022 07:26 TB Updated [Narrative]

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