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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145117
Last updated: 20 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Gas balloon
Registration: Unregistered
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Park Cottage, Berstane Road. Kirkwall, Orkney -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Munich
Destination airport:Switzerland
In December 1910, three Germans took off in a balloon from outside Munich, heading - they thought - for Switzerland. Once aloft, the weather changed, cloud built up, the wind veered and by nightfall they were completely lost. In the morning hearing the sound of the sea they descended for a look.

Unfortunately their basket bounced off the top of a wave then shot upwards. When they had recovered their wits Herren Distler and Joerdens realised that their companion Herr Metzger had been thrown out of the basket. He was never seen again.

As the second night approached the two survivors saw some lights and started another descent. Once again the basket hit the sea before being dragged ashore by the partially deflated balloon where they demolished a wall near Park Cottage, Berstane Road, on the outskirts of Kirkwall, Orkney. It was the first ever air crash in the Orkneys.



Revision history:

18-Apr-2012 00:10 ryan Added
10-Dec-2013 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
10-Dec-2013 20:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Damage]
13-Feb-2017 20:49 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2019 01:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Source]

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