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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 27 August 1923
Time:17:30
Type:Farman F.60 Goliath
Operator:Air Union (France)
Registration: F-AECB
C/n / msn: 16
First flight: 1922
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:East Malling, Kent (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berck-Sur-Mer Airport (LFAM), France
Destination airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Narrative:
A Farman F.60 Goliath passenger plane was damaged beyond repair in a forced landing near East Malling, Kent, United Kingdom. One passenger was killed.
The flight left Paris-le Bourget, France at 12:45 on a service to London-Croydon with an en route stop at Berck-Sur-Mer, France.
An unscheduled stopover was made at Lympne, Kent, UK, because the port engine was overheating. At Lympne the mechanic repaired the engine and refilled the radiator. The flight took off at 16:47. En route to Croydon the starboard engine quit, forcing the pilot to carry out a forced landing on East Malling Heath.
On final approach to the field the airplane went into a spin and crashed.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Le Farman «Goliath» / par Gérard Hartmann
» Kent & Sussex History Forum


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Distance from Berck-Sur-Mer Airport to London-Croydon Airport as the crow flies is 157 km (98 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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