Accident Bristol F.2b H1557, 17 Mar 1926
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70900
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Bristol F.2b
Registration: H1557
MSN: 5274
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Papanui, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Wigram Airfield
Destination airport:Wigram Airfield
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
H1557 was carrying out aerobatics at 2,000 feet over Papanui when it entered a left hand spin from which it failed to recover. It crashed into the Methodist Orphanage House in Harewood Road, Papanui.
Captain Frederick Horrell, pilot in command and passenger Lewis Reid died in the accident and the pilot under instruction, Lieutenant P. Turner suffered serious injuries.
The family believes that the pilot, Captain Horrell spotted the 5:15pm train from Christchurch to Rangiora, and knew that his wife was on board. He looped the loop beside the train, but failed to exit from the loop and crashed into the orphanage, fortunately missing the dining room by mere yards. Captain Horrell was killed along with a young mess-boy who had gone along for the flight. The co-pilot was seriously injured but survived.


1. RNZAF Serials.
2. The story of the South island Methodist Orphanage and children's Home,Christchurch by late M.A.Rugby Pratt d March 1946 photo on page seven of the place open 25 April 1914 and page eleven the topic of more details.

Revision history:

02-Jan-2010 17:22 angels one five Added
01-Jan-2011 02:27 angels one five Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Jan-2012 12:55 Ted?4321 Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 03:18 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2013 09:34 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
19-May-2020 06:44 Pete Updated [Time, Narrative]
25-Jan-2022 21:40 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2022 20:21 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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