Accident Shorts S.27 Biplane Unregistered?, 22 Dec 1910
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Date:22-DEC-1910
Time:
Type:Shorts S.27 Biplane
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: Unregistered?
MSN: S.29
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, off Ostend, West Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Eastchurch, Kent
Destination airport:Calais. France
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Crashed while flying from France to repeat the de Forest competition which required a start from England, Pilot Cecil Stanley Grace killed

Disappeared on 22 December 1910 while attempting to win the de Forest Prize for the longest cross-channel flight completed by the end of the year (lost his way in fog); named on Eastchurch memorial to Pioneer Aviators.

For a few days it was hoped that Grace had managed to land somewhere, but on January 6, 1911: a pilot's goggles and cap washed ashore at Mariakerk in Belgium were later identified as Grace's. Reportedly his airplane wreckage was found near the same location. A body resembling Grace's was found in Ostend harbour on 14 March 1911, but it was too badly disfigured to be identifiable.

In March 1911 he was formally declared to have died

Sources:

1. http://earlyaviationpioneers.com/fatalities.htm
2. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1910/1910
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cecil_Grace
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_pilots_awarded_an_Aviator's_Certificate_by_the_Royal_Aero_Club_in_1910


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Apr-2008 05:39 Bleiente Added
28-May-2013 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Nov-2022 08:04 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
03-Jan-2023 12:09 AvroSteve Updated [Cn, Narrative]

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